Vladimir Oblast: Murom – Trinity Convent
Murom is one of the oldest towns in Russia, the historic evidence mentions it in 862 as a major settlement of Eastern Slavs and a trading east-west point. From 10th to 14th century it was the capital of its own little entity and a local hero – Ilya Muromets – became the legend of many Russian fairy tales. The main attraction here (besides the monument to Ulya Muromets) is the Trinity Convent with an absolutely spectacular cathedral, bell tower, wooden church and whitewashed stone walls surrounding the entire complex. Some very important Slavic relics – St Peter and Fevronia – are housed within the Trinity Convent.