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Forests, many rivers, lakes and fertile lands began to attract people to these places thousands of years ago. From the 3rd to 5th centuries, the territory of the modern city was inhabited by Finno-Ugric and Volga-Finnish tribes, and by the 9th century the Slavs settled here. They peacefully neighbored with indigenous tribes, engaged in fishing and hunting, as well as various crafts. The very first mention of the city concerns the period when Prince Vladimir came to these lands. Here he founded the city and named it by his name, and also built a beautiful church of the Blessed Virgin.
Many of the largest historical monuments of Ancient Russia are concentrated in Vladimir. The city literally enchants with its beauty. For many hundreds of years the main symbol of Vladimir … Open
At the beginning of the 12th century, during the reign of Vladimir Monomakh, Vladimir became an important military object of the Rostov-Suzdal principality. In the middle of the 12th century Vladimir received the status of the center of the specific principality, after which its development began to proceed even more actively. One of the important directions in the development of the city was construction and culture. Here, there was a school of painting, a manuscript chronicle was conducted, a Golden Gate was built and many additional fortifications were built.
In the 13th century, Vladimir was often raided by the Tatar-Mongol tribes and was severely devastated, but soon its inhabitants managed to completely restore the city's buildings. By the end of the century, the city acquired political significance, which was connected with the transfer of the residence of the metropolitan to Vladimir. The city became the spiritual capital of Russia. At the end of the 14th century, Vladimir was almost completely ruined, the townspeople fought for their freedom for a long time. After another 4 centuries, it first becomes the center of the province and after several years the main city of the Vladimir province. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Lovers of fun should definitely visit the bowling center "Z-club". Here there are six bowling alleys, a billiards room, a restaurant with various snacks and a special children's menu, as … Open
After that, the first duty stations appeared in the city’s territory, including the first institutions of public education, a printing house and a library. In the XIX century, Vladimir was the place of exile of Russian revolutionaries, and during the war with Napoleon, it played a key role in several important battles. By the end of the century the city began to develop as an industrial center. A new railway route connected it with the current capital of Russia. At present, Vladimir is a large industrial city and a cultural center with developed infrastructure, as well as developed international connections. Like many hundreds of years ago, it is famous for its amazing nature and priceless historical monuments which attracts travelers.
Vladimir is a city with a lot of unique historical and religious attractions. There is the Cathedral of the Assumption where many great Russian princes were crowned. The cathedral had been founded long before Moscow was formed. After hundreds of years, it has preserved its magnificent appearance and incomparable interior. Many finishing elements of the cathedral have been preserved since the 12th century. Its visitors can see here incredibly beautiful frescoes made by Andrei Rublev.
1. For travelers wishing to admire the panorama of the city and make good quality photographs, it is worth visiting the park located on the shore of Klyazma. It is easier to get to it by … Open
Another impressive construction is the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy built in the 12th century. At the beginning of the 13th century, this wonderful cathedral lost a lot of values and was repeatedly exposed to attacks of the Mongol Tatars. This building has quite a difficult fate. It was destroyed in a fire several years, so it lost all of its original elements of the decor. In the 19th century, the building was reconstructed unsuccessfully and lost some inimitable values. The cathedral was restored and regained its original exterior only at the beginning of the 20th century.
The important historical symbol of Vladimir is the Lipki Park founded in 1901. Now, this is a single complex with Pushkin Park. When walking along the park, you can admire age-old trees. In summer, its territory is decorated with big flower beds. In the center of the park, there is a big fountain with a statue. Over the recent years, a lot of recreation areas and children’s playgrounds have appeared in the park.
One of the best and most visited cookery institutions of Vladimir is the restaurant "Vania". In its menu there are a lot of popular dishes of European, Italian, Russian and Japanese cuisine, … Open
The true landscape masterpiece is the Patriarchal Garden that is very interesting to visit in the warm season. The small park occupying almost 3 hectares was set up for the patriarch in the 16th century. That time, there was a beautiful cherry alley but it hasn’t survived to this day. Now, the park presents the interesting collection of decorative plants and flowers. Here, you can admire old stone decorations, fountains, and decorative pools.
Vladimir The beautiful historical building built of red brick in the early 20th century serves as the History Museum now. Here, you can see archeological exhibits of the Stone Age, pieces of art of different epochs, and collections of ethnographic exhibits. The considerable part of the collection is dedicated to the history of the Vladimir Region.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Vladimir
♥   Castle 'Suzdal Kremlin' , 30.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Monastery of Saint Euthymius' , 32.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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National and city parks around Vladimir
♥   National Park 'Meschersky' , 113 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Vladimir-Suzdal White Monuments

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In the village of Bogoliubovo you can see the palace of Andrei Bogolyubsky. Established in the second half of the 12th century, it has been rebuilt many times, and in the 13th century a monastery was founded in the palace. Nearby, is the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, and two unique monuments are located directly on the territory of Suzdal. This is a beautiful Suzdal Kremlin, which is a single complex with the Nativity Cathedral. The Suzdal Kremlin was built in the 1920s and is only slightly inferior in age to the Moscow Kremlin. The Spaso-Efimov monastery closes the eight of the unique monuments of white stone architecture. It was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries and was perfectly preserved in its original form to the present day. … Read further
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