Vologda region is situated in the northwest of Russia.
The first settlements were founded on these territories in the 9th century.
After the foundation of the Russian State Vologda region was the biggest part of the country. It occupied a vast territory in the north stretching far up to the Ural Mountains.
The capital of the region is the city of Vologda with the population of about 300 thousand people. The biggest city is Cherepovets where a huge
metallurgic foundry is situated. The main places of interest are the city of Vologda, St. Kirill's Belozersky Monastery,
Ferapontov Monastery with its museum of
Dionisy's frescoes, the National Park "Russian North" and the town of Velikiy Ustug, which has recently become
a residence of the Russian Father Frost.