Vologda is of the same age as Moscow (founded in 1147), and its contribution to Russian history is no less significant than that of Moscow. Today, Vologda is a quiet town, where the flow of time slows down. Often, modern blocks of flats on one side of a street go together with very old wooden houses on the other.
Vologda is the administrative and cultural center of the Vologda region. Vologda butter and lace are well-known in Russia, as well as abroad. Vologda is relatively small (population approximately 300,000 people), but the number of ancient churches and monasteries in it and nearby is the largest among all cities of Russia. Here is the overview of its main attractions: