Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal, Bogolubovo
High up on Vladimir's slope above the Klyazma River sits the solemnly majestic Assumption Cathedral, built to announce Vladimir's claim as capital of Rus. These days, Vladimir - 178km east of Moscow - feels more like a modern, provincial town than an ancient capital. Nonetheless, the grandeur of medieval Vladimir shines through the commotion of this busy, industrial town. Exquisite examples of Russia's most formative architecture, along with some entertaining museums, make Vladimir one of the jewels in the Golden Ring.
We would recommend this Golden Ring tour to those who are keen on visiting small chamber places which are less crowded than other more popular sites
The City of Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian communities. It is located in the heart of the historic Vladimir region (Vladimirskaya Oblast) 180 kilometers (115 miles) northeast of Moscow on the bank of the Klyazma River. The city was founded in either 990 or 1108, depending on which historians you consult. For the better part of two centuries (from 1157 to the mid 1300s) it was the capital of ancient Rus. Vladimir is now considered one of the major members of the Golden Ring of communities which have played a significant role in Russian history.
The ancient town «Bogolubovo», and now the village, is located at a distance of 10 km from Vladimir. The creation of this town connected with old legend about appearance of the Blessed Virgin to prince Andrey. This town was built in1158 year by order of prince Andrey. Firstly, the town was a residence of Andrey, and was divided on two into parts by inner wall. On south part was the castle being built in XII century, where lived a court. And northern part belonged to servants and craftspeople. After century the castle began to belong Bogolubsky monastery. Now one can to visit this monastery through the gates, having raised in 1841 year.
Sergiev Posad used to be the central monastery of the Russian Orthodox church so called Trinity-Serviev Lavra. This place is considered to be essential for pilgrims visiting. Trinity-Sergiev Lavra is a unique ensemble which unites architectural styles of the several epochs. The major cathedral of the Lavra - Trinity cathedral is remarkable for its frescoes created by Andrey Rublev. Pereslavl-Zalessky is a quiet provincial town with its history dated back to XII century. This town is the birth place of Alexander Nevsky. He was baptized in the small church which is extant and located onto the central alley of the town. This one day Golden Ring tour is recomended for those who does not have much time, but still would like to get familiar with one of the pivotal sight.
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