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Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir

Russian State was formed in IX century in Velikiy Novgorod, and then the capital was moved to Kiev. However, in the period of feudal disunity, in XII century, Vladimir-Suzdal Princedom, with the center in Vladimir, became the strongest one.

Prince Andrei of Vladimir, also known as Andrei Bogolyubsky decided to build the temple, which would stress the status of Vladimir as the political center of Russia. Assumption Cathedral was built in Vladimir in 1158-1160 годах, and 30 years later, after a fire, the cathedral was significantly extended in 1186-1189. Since that time it remained unchanged until nowadays.

In XV century many icons and frescoes of Assumption Cathedral were painted by the great Russian icon-painter Andrei Rublev. In XVIII century the icons of Rublev in the iconostasis were replaced by the new ones, and sent to the church of the village of Vasilyevskoye, and in the Soviet time they were brought to the Tretyakov Gallery. But the frescoes of Rublev remained in the picture of the Last Judgment on the west side of Assumption Cathedral. Up to 1395 another Russian sacred thing – the Icon of the Blessed Virgin of Vladimir – was also kept at the cathedral.

In 1810 the Belfry was added to Assumption Cathedral. The cathedral itself is on the very high hill over the Klyazma River. It is surrounded by a beautiful park where there always a lot of walking citizens. In the immediate vicinity of Assumption Cathedral another monument of Vladimir architecture is located – Dmitrievsky Cathedral, - which is UNESCO World Heritage site.

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View of the assumption Cathedral and belfry from the Cathedral square in Vladimir
Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir was built in 1158
Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir from the observation deck over the Klyazma river
The most monumental fresco of the Last Judgment by Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny (1408) in the Assumption Cathedral
Carved iconostasis of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
The original fresco of 1158 of the time of Andrey Bogolyubsky in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
Fresco of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Paradise, by Andrei Rublev (1408) in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
Fresco Apostles and Angels by Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
Fresco Procession of Saints to Paradise, by Andrey Rublev and Daniil Cherny in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
Fresco of 1185, the time of Prince Vsevolod III, in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
Vaults of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
Reliquary of the Great Prince of Vladimir Alexander Nevsky (1263) in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
Pushkin Park near the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
Monument to Prince Vladimir and St. Fyodor, Baptists of Vladimir near the Assumption Cathedral
The monument to Prince Vladimir and the Saint Fyodor, the Baptist Vladimir
Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
Altar side of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
View from the observation deck near the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
Bridge over the Klyazma river at the foot of the Assumption Cathedral