Vladamir and Suzdel – The Golden Ring Towns   Leave a comment

Vladamir and Suzdal are two of what are called Golden Ring towns in the northeast of Moscow.  They formerly comprised the region known as Zalesye.  These ancient towns also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church.  The towns have been called “open air museums” and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches.   We found these towns to be among the most picturesque in Russia and prominently feature Russia’s famous onion domes.

Vladamir was the first we visited and while what we saw was very picturesque, there just wasn’t alot of it.  The city was dominated by cheap run down shops and little else.  There was a huge threat of rain as well.  We saw a fair number of wedding parties having their pictures taken around the landmarks of the city.  I hope they didn’t get too wet in the down pour we got caught in.

Suzdal was the second Golden Ring town we visited.  With its stunning medieval architecture and pastoral setting,  Suzdal has a picturesque charm.  We came across many artists with easels taking advantage of the weather.  Here we ran into another group of overland Landrover drivers.  Mainly Italians who were very animated and kept saying “Si” and waving their arms in the air.  We stayed overnight in Suzdal and spent the following day wondering around the town in the warm spring sunshine.  We were lucky enough to be there on some sort of festival day.  The town had an atmosphere of a seaside town.


Posted 05/07/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Russia

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