One of the most charming cities of the famous Golden Ring, Vladimir, is a gem for history enthusiasts. Vladimir served as Russia’s capital city in the 12th and 13th centuries. Therefore, it boasts a number of churches and medieval buildings surviving from the 12th century and protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
The city took its name from its founder Vladimir Monomakh, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus' from 1113 to 1125. Another theory is that the city is even older than that, founded by Vladimir the Great, the "father" of Russian Orthodoxy, in 990.
When travelling to Vladimir, we recommend visiting its three main monuments known as White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal protected by UNESCO:
- The magnificent Golden Gate – the tower serving the city’s main gate and built in the 12th century
- The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius - a marvellous work of architecture uniting the talents of Russian and Byzantine masters
- The Assumpton Cathedral - a spectacular five-domed church painted by the great Russian artists Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny