Bogolyubovo is a picturesque village located 13 km east from Vladimir. In ancient times, it served as a princely residence. The legend says that the Prince saw a vision of the Virgin Mary who ordered him to found a temple at the mouth of the rivers Nerl and Klyazma.
Monastery of the Nativity of the Virgin was founded in 1191 by Grand Prince Vsevolod. Amazing fate of the Monastery of the Nativity of the Virgin: for centuries, giving believers hope for the world beyond the grave, it became a place of cruel executions of the 20th century.
Assumption Cathedral (aka Dormition Cathedral) is the main temple of Vladimir. For a long time the temple was the main church of Vladimir principality and was best suited for majestic crowning ceremonies of the princes. Today, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Cathedral of St Dmitry is one of the most beautiful and original cathedrals of ancient Russia. It presumably was founded somewhere between 1194-1197, which refers to the time of the rule of Vsevolod the Big Nest, Grand Prince of Vladimir.
Golden Gate in Vladimir is a unique example of Russian military architecture of the 12th century. It was erected in 1164 as a part of the defensive wall encircling the ancient Vladimir. The gate was crowned with the tiny Church of the Deposition of the Robe.
Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures and Embroidery occupies the stunning building of the Old Believers Trinity Church and houses a rich collection of Russian handicrafts and folk art, lacquer miniature, rock crystal and glass pieces.
Gus-Khrustalny, a town of the Russian Golden ring, stands on the Gus River in the Vladimir region 39 mi (63 km) far from Vladimir. The town houses the Crystal Factory considered the largest Russian manufacturer of crystal and glass art known for its high-quality glassware.
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