Uglich is connected a tragic story of XVI century – the death of tsarevitch Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible, reproduced in drama of A.S. Pushkin "Boris Godunov". Dmitry was last heir of dynasty of Rurikovich and dead under mysterious conditions. Dmitry was found dead at his room. As Dimitry was the last scion of the ancient Rurik Dynasty, his death precipitated the dynastic and political crisis known as the Time of Troubles. The Romanov Tsars made it their priority to canonize the martyred Tsesarevich and to turn Uglich into a place of pilgrimage. In 1690 on the spot where Dimitry had been murdered the city built the Church of St. Demetrios on the Blood.
Near the bank of the Volga lies the Resurrection Monastery with its huge cathedral, refectory, belfry and summer church. All these buildings stand in a row and date back to 1674-77. Opposite the monastery is the graceful Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. It was built in 1689-90 by a local merchant to commemorate the spot where his son had drowned.