Yaroslavl Arrow

 Yaroslavl Arrow



Description of the Yaroslavl Arrow

Yaroslavl Arrow is a name for peninsula that sticks out into Volga river. It is the original location of medieval Yaroslavl that became known as a Chopped Town. Original town, its buildings, city walls and churched were made from local forest that was chopped down by Yaroslavl residents and hence the name. Yaroslavl Arrow was surrounded by water on three sides, thus serving as a natural defense against enemy attacks. Archeological digs were carried out in the 19th and 20th century. One of the most important is a boulder on the site where Yaroslav the Wise founded the city in 1010. Six churches and several administrative buildings stood here. Government buildings were demolished in the 19th century and the last historic church was finally blown up by the atheists during Soviet period. Currently it served as a public park with trees, fountains and several historic monuments.


Strelka is the most ancient part of Yaroslavl, from this place the history of the city began. Here, at the confluence of Kotorosl 'with the Volga in 1010, Yaroslav the Wise founded the city. The first temple was built on the Strelka - the Ilyinskaya Tikhonovskaya church, and then the fortress, which has a triangular shape in the shape of a cape.

Strelka is one of the main attractions of Yaroslavl, which all tourists tend to visit. This place has an amazing ability. Wherever you are, on the very shore, near the water, or on its high part, you will discover magnificent landscapes of the river expanses, as well as architectural and historical monuments. From here you can see the Assumption Cathedral, Metropolitan Chambers and the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, and on the banks of the Volga, just below the confluence of Kotorosl, you will see the ensemble of John Chrysostom in Korovniki.

Among the attractions of Yaroslavl, four pavilions can be noted, one of them, built in the 40s of the XIX century, is located on the Volzhskaya embankment. This is the Gazebo of Love, a real gem of the coastal territory, it is also visible from the Strelka.

History and description
Back in the 9th century, this cape was the residence of the Finno-Ugric tribes. According to legend, in 1010 Yaroslav the Wise, together with his retinue, went on a campaign. His soldiers lingered in the forest and the prince found himself alone on a high bank at the confluence of the Kotorosl 'into the Volga. At this time, a bear came out of the thicket and attacked the prince. Yaroslav, armed only with an ax (battle ax), managed to defeat the beast.

That is why the bear has become a symbol of the city, in addition, she is depicted on the coat of arms of Yaroslavl, she has an ax in her paws, and a royal hat is depicted at the top of the composition, indicating that the city was often visited by the rulers of Russia - princes and tsars.

The arrow is divided into the lower part, equipped in 1979, and the upper part, where the chopped city - Yaroslavl Kremlin was located.