43,400. £ Sergiev Posad, then bus (see p227).
Founded as a fortress in 1152 by Yuriy Dolgorukiy, and overlooking Lake Pleshcheevo, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy was an independent princedom until 1302, when it came under the control of Moscow. Peter the Great (see p22) developed plans for the Russian navy here. Sights of interest include the 12th-century Cathedral of the Transfiguration and the Goritskiy Monastery of the Assumption, founded in the 14th century but dating mainly from the 17th-18th centuries.Read More