Did you know that the city of Vladimir is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites? These remarkable structures reveal a lot about ancient Russian architecture and history.
So if you’re going to travel to Russia soon, make sure to include Vladimir in your itinerary. Make that educational, cultural visit to the city that boasts of breathtaking architecture. Here’s what you need to know about Vladimir’s UNESCO World Heritage sites:
History and architecture enthusiasts will be in awe paying a visit to this eight-century-old building. Built in 1164 under the rule of Andrei Bogolyubsky, the Gate showcases 12th-century Russian military architecture and is touted as the city’s most prominent unofficial symbol. The gate has a stunning view of the city and a stone staircase that leads to the Military Museum that features a wonderful diorama of the old city in the 12th century.
St. Dmitry’s Cathedral
Another old structure in Vladimir, St. Dmitry’s Cathedral was constructed from 1194 to 1197 in honor of “Big Nest,” the patron of Prince Vsevolod. The building is made of white stone, and all over the walls are ornamental designs that show many Russian princes and their activities. The exterior has detailed fretworks, but the interior of the cathedral has simple decorations.
Standing next to the St. Dmitry’s Cathedral, the Assumption Cathedral was built in 1158 to signify the relevance and power of Vladimir-Suzdal principality. It is considered one of the most interesting and significant structures of the ancient Russian architecture.
From the outside, the building looks very huge. And when you step into the Cathedral, intricate decorations and richly painted walls will welcome you.
These three sites are a must-visit when you travel to Russia. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t forget to take snaps of the stunning buildings