Rostov the Great
While the official name of the town is Rostov, it is better known to Russians as Rostov Veliky, i.e. Rostov the Great. Indeed,the town with long and amazingly rich history played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. Therefore, the town’s kremlin, includes eleven ornate tower bells, numerous palaces, several small belfries, and the dimunitive baroque Church of Our Lady of Smolensk (1693). All the churches are elaborately painted and decorated.