Vologda is one of the most known ancient cities of Russian North. During all the centuries of its existence the city has managed to keep a significant part of its cultural legacy. The date of the foundation of Vologda is usually accepted to be 1147; however, first occurrence of Vologda in chronicles dates back to 1264. By the end of XVI century, the city becomes one of religious centers of the country. The residence of archbishops of the Vologda-Perm eparchy passes to Vologda from distant Ust-Vym’.
Today Vologda is a large administrative, industrial and cultural centre. It is a city of richest cultural traditions, combined with achievements of the modern civilization.