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
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
Bas-relief of the biblical king David on the facade of St. Demetrius Cathedral in Vladimir
Dimetrius Cathedral (1194) – one of the oldest churches in Russia
The Svyato-Bogolyubsky Monastery was founded in 1155. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Russia.
The Nativity of Our Lady Church (1158) and the remains of the chambers of Andrey Bogolyubsky (Andrei the God-Loving) (below the bell tower)
Reconstruction of Bogolyubovo of the 12th century, the residence of Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky, on the site of the Bogolyubsky monastery
Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir from the observation deck over the Klyazma river
The art gallery of Vladimir is located in a long building near the Assumption Cathedral
The frescoes «Trsaritsa Helen» and «The Descent of the Holy Spirit» painted by Andrei Rublev and Daniel Chorny in the Assumption Cathedral in 1408 
Entrance through the Golden gate of Vladimir from Moscow side
«The Blossomed Cross», one of the first surviving frescoes (1161) of the Assumption Cathedral at the art gallery of Vladimir
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
The maquette of the twelfth-century Vladimir at the local history museum of Vladimir
Vladimir Museum of Crystal housed in the building of the former Old Believers` church at the Golden Gate
View of the Crystal Museum in Vladimir from the Earthen Rampart at the Golden Gate
Articles of crystal and hookah stands of 19 century at the Museum of Crystal in Vladimir
The Old Vladimir Museum is located near the entrance to the Patriarchal Garden of Vladimir
The exposition Vladimir Central dedicated to the famous prison of this city
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin and the Church of Alexander Nevsky in the Nativity Monastery of Vladimir
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin in the Nativity Monastery in Vladimir
The walls of the Nativity Monastery on the high bank of the Klyazma River in Vladimir
Bridge over the Klyazma river at the foot of the Assumption Cathedral
The Nikitsky Church near the Assumption Princess Monastery in Vladimir
Fresco of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Paradise, by Andrei Rublev (1408) in the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir
The most monumental fresco of the Last Judgment by Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny (1408) in the Assumption Cathedral
The entrance to the Vladimir Art Gallery is located in the center of a large building
The path to the Church of the Intercession on Nerl in Bogolyubovo meadow
Assumption Cathedral of 16 century is the main church of the Assumption Princess Monastery in Vladimir