Vladimir attractions

It is one of the oldest Russian towns, founded in 1108 (40 years before Moscow). In Middle Ages, when there were many small principalities on the territory of Russia, Vladimir was the capital of the largest principality – in a way the capital of Russia. That`s why churches and cathedrals of this town, being its historical heritage, have a great cultural value.

If you go to Vladimir from Moscow you`ll first see the monument of 12 century – Golden Gate. It was the main town entrance above which there was a church. On the sides there have been preserved high walls. Inside the Gate there is a museum with a small exposition dedicated to the period when the Gate was really golden. And this museum is worth visiting.

Mandatory visiting places are Assumption Cathedral and Dmitrievsky Cathedral. Both of them were built in 12 century. For a long time the Assumption Cathedral (1158) has been the largest church of Russia, and now it has a great cultural value. Today in its museum there is an interesting collection of Old Russian icon painters, from 12 century to Andrey Rublev. Moscow Assumption Cathedral, which has later become the main church of Russia, was built just upon the model of Vladimir Assumption Cathedral in 16 century.

Near the Assumption Cathedral, beyond a square, there is Dmitrievskiy Cathedral (1190). It is very interesting by its galleries with reliefs of various monsters, the same as in many other European churches of 12 century (for example, Notre Dame de Paris).

It will take you at least two hours to have a look around. You will have to have a ride from the Golden Gate to the cathedrals where you can have a walk on their territory and then go out to the embankment of the Klyazma. If you want to see the entire city, it would take at least half a day.

After that you should go to Bogolyubovo where it would be interesting to see Bogolyubovo monastery and then have a walk across Bogolyubovo meadow to the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.

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Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir was built in 1158
Assumption Cathedral of 16 century is the main church of the Assumption Princess Monastery in Vladimir
View of the assumption Cathedral and belfry from the Cathedral square in Vladimir
Golden gate (1164) - the oldest surviving buildings of Vladimir
The Church of the Intercession on Nerl in Bogolyubovo was built in 1165
Dimetrius Cathedral (1194) – one of the oldest churches in Russia
The frescoes «Trsaritsa Helen» and «The Descent of the Holy Spirit» painted by Andrei Rublev and Daniel Chorny in the Assumption Cathedral in 1408 
The Svyato-Bogolyubsky Monastery was founded in 1155. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Russia.
«The Blossomed Cross», one of the first surviving frescoes (1161) of the Assumption Cathedral at the art gallery of Vladimir
The Nativity of Our Lady Church (1158) and the remains of the chambers of Andrey Bogolyubsky (Andrei the God-Loving) (below the bell tower)
Bas-relief of the biblical king David on the facade of St. Demetrius Cathedral in Vladimir
Mythical animals and birds – the main plot of the bas-reliefs of the Dmitrievsky temple
The exposition of artifacts discovered at the early man sites at the local history museum of Vladimir
Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir from the observation deck over the Klyazma river
The copy of the Icon of the Mother of God of Vladimir made by Andrei Rublev at the beginning of 15 century at the art gallery of Vladimir
Entrance through the Golden gate of Vladimir from Moscow side
The maquette of the twelfth-century Vladimir at the local history museum of Vladimir
Articles of crystal and hookah stands of 19 century at the Museum of Crystal in Vladimir
Vladimir Museum of Crystal housed in the building of the former Old Believers` church at the Golden Gate
Articles of potash glass (18 century) - the oldest exhibits of the Museum of Crystal in Vladimir
The Nikitsky (Nikita) Church near the Assumption Princess Monastery
The exposition Vladimir Central dedicated to the famous prison of this city
Exhibition of photos, documents and objects of the 19th century in the Museum Old Vladimir
Museum Old Vladimir is located in the former fire tower