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Yuriev Polsky was founded in 1152 by Duke George (Yury) Dolgoruky. The town was first built as a fortress a the juncture of Koloksha and Gza Rivers. Throughout centuries, the town lived relatively uneventful life, but a true jewels of medieval architecture, the St. George Cathedral and Michael Archangel Church, put the town on the list of World Treasures. Today, Yuriev-Polsky is an agricultural town of about 22,000 residents, relatively remote from populated areas and truly is a great destination for Russian countryside sightseeing and medieval architecture.