Vladimir, founded in 1108, was Russia’s capital for nearly two centuries before giving way to Moscow. It forms part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of ancient towns, dating back from the 12th to 17th Century, that have great historic, architectural, and religious significance in Russia.
The city boasts a host of very good theatres and museums for those who want to spend more than a day here, along with a fast growing nightlife and a good choice of restaurants. If you are short on time however, it is entirely possible to see the major sites of interest within a few hours; namely three beautiful landmarks, the Golden Gates, The Assumption Cathedral and St Dmitry Cathedral.
The most prominent symbol of the city is the striking Golden Gates; built in 1163 to form part of the cities defenses, this impenetrable tower with its huge oak doors, is located at what was then the main entrance to the city. The Golden Gates now house Vladimir’s military museum which has some interesting exhibits, once you’ve conquered the very steep staircase!
The city cathedral’s, are arguably amongst the most beautiful buildings in Russia. In Cathedral Square is the magnificent Assumption Cathedral, which despite being destroyed by fire in 1185, was immaculately restored and is a breathtaking sight, with its white stone walls and golden domed roof. The Cathedral of St Dmitry is equally impressive; a white stone carved masterpiece, built by Prince Vsevolod III.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Vladimir, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Russia
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