Traveling to Vladimir anytime soon? Apart from browsing through travel guides about the city, it’s also good to learn some fun, interesting facts about it. That way, it’s easier to appreciate the city the moment you visit it.
Here’s a compilation of 10 facts you didn’t know about Vladimir:
- Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian cities, being founded in 990 (according to city officials).
- The name of the city came from its founder Vladimir the Great, the respected leader of Kiev who is known for adopting Christianity in 988.
- Prior to the 1990s, the city had recognized a different founder: Prince Vladimir Monomakh, who established a fortress in the city in 1108 that’s named after himself.
- Vladimir is one of Russia’s biggest tourist destinations. It offers plenty of cathedrals, museums, and other architectural wonders, so tourists can make the most out of their visit there.
- The city has a lot of museums that tourists can visit, but two of them stand out because of their quirkiness: the Gingerbread Museum and the Spoon Museum.
- Tourists who love chocolates, listen up! There’s a chocolate factory in Vladimir that manufactures Nutella, Raffaello, and Kinder chocolates. You may want to pay a visit.
- Mainly an industrial area, the city’s income is sourced from its major industries: agriculture, manufacturing, chemical, and electronics. It is the main industrial hub of Central Russia.
- The city is home to not just one but three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the St. Dmitry and Assumption Cathedrals and the Golden Gate.
- There are more than 300,000 residents in the city.
- Young people in Vladimir have an active night life—they love playing casinos and billiards, drinking in bars, and singing Russian songs in karaoke.
With these fun pieces of trivia, we hope to amp up your excitement as your visit to Vladimir approaches. Enjoy your trip!