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Suzdal travel attraction

Out of the cities of the Golden Ring Suzdal may be considered to be the most interesting for tourists. Here feels the atmosphere of harmony and quietness that this ancient city lives in. It is just the atmosphere as it is imaged by most residents of the city. And by the abundance of historical sites concentrated on a small territory (five monasteries and over 30 churches), Suzdal has probably no peers.

The main sights of the city are Suzdal Kremlin, Nativity Cathedral, the Monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euphemius, Intercession Monastery, Museum of Wood Architecture, and the Square with Trading Rows. You may see no other sights, though during your promenades in the city you are sure to drop in at the other monasteries and churches as all of them are located in the immediate vicinity of each other. It would be rather interesting to make a short trip to the village of Kideksha (5 kilometers of Suzdal) where you can see the partially preserved Church of Boris and Gleb of 11th century with frescoes of that period.

You should start your visit to Suzdal from the Kremlin. Unlike Rostov the Great with its strongest Kremlin, the Kremlin of Suzdal wasn’t preserved as a citadel. From the walls there remained only the earth mounds over which you may have a promenade.

The Nativity Cathedral, the oldest stone church in the city dating back to 13th century, is in the center of the Kremlin. There you can see one of the masterpieces of Old Russian art – the Golden Gate made with the help of lost iron etching process. They are over 700 years old. The Nativity Cathedral abuts upon the wooden Nikolskaya Church of 1766 brought here from the village of Glotovo, and the Bishop`s Chambers. The latter accommodate quite an interesting museum, which is worth visiting.

Within walking distance of the Kremlin, on the opposite bank of the river Kamenka, there located the Museum of Wood Architecture. It is one of the most interesting museums in Russia, along with the Museum of Vitoslavlici in Novgorod the Great. Here you can see the design of wood churches and houses in Russian villages. There were also restored the interiors of everyday village life.

From the museum you`d better return to the Kremlin and the Trading Rows, as from that place it would be more convenient to get to the other sights of Suzdal. On your way back you don’t forget to climb the earth mounds from where you can have a magnificent view of the picturesque bend of the river and a multitude of surrounding churches.

At the Trading Rows you will have a wide choice of original Russian souvenirs. There are held the main people`s proms during Suzdal festivities, such as the Cucumber Festival (July, 16) or New Year`s Eve parties.

From the Trading Rows you may go to the Monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euphemius. On the way you may visit the Monastery of the Deposition of the Robe, which is still under restoration. Having gone along the wall of the Monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euphemius to the river, you may enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Suzdal – the view of the Intercession Monastery from the high bank of the river Kamenka.

The Monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euphemius has survived as a strong citadel. The monastery was built in 1352 as the main citadel for defense of Suzdal, and since the time of Catherine II it was also used as the political prison.

Today the monastery accommodates 5 museums. Every hour you can hear the carillon at the belfry (you must listen to it). The main temple of the monastery, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, was built in 1594. It amazes by its huge sizes. So far, the temple is inactive, though the frescoes have already been restored. When group of tourists enter the cathedral, male choir sing short prayer. It sounds very beautiful thanks to acoustics of the cathedral.

Near the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour the Tomb of Prince Dmitry Pozharskiy is located, who together with Kuzma Minin gathered the national levy and liberated Moscow from the Polish army in 1606. In order to commemorate the event the mo-nument to Minin and Pozharskiy was erected before the Cathedral of St. Basil`s in Moscow.

From the Monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euphemius you should go to the Intercession Monastery. You`d better take a cab, though there is also a foot-path. At the foot of the monastery you need to go across the bridge over the river Kamenka, and then you may get to the Intercession Monastery. This is an active convent, but there was preserved the hotel consisting of separate Russian log huts (izba). Generally, foreigners are staying there who want to feel themselves in the Russian village where you can fall asleep under the carillon and awake with cocks.

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Nativity Cathedral and Church of Elijah the Prophet in Suzdal
Wooden St. Nicholas Church (1766) from the village of Glotovo in the Suzdal Kremlin
The Archbishops Palace in the Suzdal Kremlin was built in the 15th century and then expanded and rebuilt
The Intercession Monastery as viewed from the sightseeing platform at the walls of the Savior Monastery of St. Euthymius
The Nativity (of Christ) Church and St. Nicholas Church
The Kamenka river in Suzdal
The old marketplace and the trading rows in Suzdal
The Resurrection Church with a bell tower (1776) at the Museum of Wooden Architecture in Suzdal
Windmills from the village Moshok of Vladimir Region at the Museum of Wooden Architecture in Suzdal
The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Savior, the bell tower, and the Assumption Church at the Savior Monastery of St. Euthymius 
The family vault of the Pozharsky princes and the churches of the Savior Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal
The family vault of the Pozharsky princes at the Savior Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal
The high bank of the Kamenka river at the walls of the Savior Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal 
An apothecary garden at the Savior Monastery of St. Euthymius
The Church of St. Elijah on the bank of the Kamenka river in Suzdal
The Kamenka riverbed, the Friday Church and the Church of the Entry into Jerusalem in Suzdal
Monastery of Intersection in Suzdal
Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin in the Pokrovsky monastery of Suzdal
The domes of the Intercession Cathedral and the Church of the Conception at the Intercession Monastery in Suzdal
In the 16th century, the Nativity Cathedral was burned by the Tatars and built on. The lower part of the Cathedral dates from the 12th century, and the upper part from the 16th century
Carved gilded iconostasis of the 17th century in the Nativity Cathedral of the Suzdal Kremlin
The lion-shaped handle on the Western gate in the Nativity Cathedral - is a masterpiece of the 13th century, made by fire gilding technology
The shrine with the relics of St. Arsenius, the archbishop of Suzdal, in the Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral at the Suzdal Kremlin
The Prepodobensky Bell Tower of the Sacred Robes Monastery in Suzdal
The Holy Gate of the Sacred Robes Monastery in Suzdal
Wooden St. Nicholas Church (1766) from the village of Glotovo in the Suzdal Kremlin
The Our Lady of Smolensk Church with a bell tower in Suzdal
The hotels of Suzdal styled as ancient Russian houses
A house from the village Ilkino at the Museum of Wooden Architecture in Suzdal