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The tiny and charming town of Suzdal, a part of the Golden Ring, is a real treasury of old and unique Russian architecture. Visit numerous churches and monasteries that are the same as centuries ago. If you only have time for visiting one city of the Golden Ring, Suzdal might be the right choice.

  • Region in Russia: Central Russia, Moscow Region, Golden Ring
  • Topic: Sightseeing, Multiday trips
  • Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
  • Family & Kids: Yes

Suzdal – the tiny and charming Golden Ring town

If you want to feel the atmosphere of old Russia with its traditions and customs, unique architecture, old fortresses and white churches, if you are eager to see all the monasteries and church that hold within themselves a history of the whole country, if you can’t wait to heat the bells ringing their old sincere and beautiful melody, then the towns of the Golden Ring are waiting for you.

If you want to find a town of pure old Russian architecture, untouched by the pace of 20th and 21st centuries, harmonious with nature, then you have found it – tiny charming town of Suzdal. With only 13 000 citizens, Suzdal is governmentally protected from industries, and the architectural sights are kept intact. Suzdal is the same as ages ago with cute wooden houses mingling with golden cupolas that reflect in the river, set in a dreamy landscape. The hilly green town, though small, offers rich architectural and cultural heritage. Among the sights of old Russian architecture are the Suzdal Kremlin (built in the 10th century), the beautiful Cathedral of the Nativity with its picturesque blue cupolas, wooden Church of St. Nicholas and great many monasteries – places of exile for many Russian ladies of noble birth.

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The History of Suzdal

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The town of Suzdal has a long history that dates back to at least the year of 1024. For centuries it was a capital of several Russian principalities: in the beginning of the 12th century it was the capital of Rostov-Suzdal Principality, in the 13th century – of Suzdal Principality, in 14th century – of Suzdal-Nizhny Novgorod Principality. While the political importance of the town declined in 14th century, its prominence as a religious center was growing. Suzdal showed a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens – 40 churches for 400 families, and features numerous monasteries where many noble ladies were sent to.

Sightseeing highlights of Suzdal

The charming Suzdal offers its visitors a great variety of sights that impresses tourists with their delicate architectural elegancy. If you are looking for old Russia with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches, you definitely should visit the town of Suzdal. Both in summer and winter seasons, the dreamy Suzdal will open for you the beauty of old and unique Russian architecture.

Suzdal Kremlin

The Suzdal Kremlin, number one sightseeing highlight of Suzdal, is the oldest part of the city and dates back as early as the 10th century. Same as other Russian Kremlins, it served as a fortress and was an administrative and religious center of the city. The fortress is located on a bend of the Kamenka river and, thus, is protected from three sides by the river. Today, the Kremlin has preserved a number of churches, Episcope Chamber and ancient Cathedral of the Nativity.

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) in Suzdal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most complex monuments of medieval unique Russian architecture. The cathedral was originally built in 1102. However, only the lower part of today’s cathedral preserved its original ancient form. Beautiful blue domes of the cathedral, installed in 17th century, make it one of the most picturesque examples of unique Russian architecture.

Wooden Church of St. Nicholas

The wooden church of St.Nicholas was built in 1766 in the village of Glotovo and was moved to Suzdal to be a part of a complex of wooden Suzdal architecture. The church is a fine example of ancient woodern Russian architecture and looks especially unique and interesting in the contrast with white-stoned churches.

The St. Alexander Convent in Suzdal

Located on the left bank of the Kamenka river, the old St. Alexander Convent in Suzdal attracts visitors with the delicate architectural elegance of its main church – Church of the Ascension. Although the monastery was founded in 1240 by Alexander Nevsky, none of the original buildings were preserved. The Church of the Ascension, a great example of unique Russian architecture, was completed in 1695 at the expenses of Peter the Great’s mother.

Convent of Intercession in Suzdal

The white-stoned Convent of Intercession in Suzdal, another picturesque example of old Russian architecture, was founded in 1364. One of the biggest and richest convents of 16-17th century Russia, the Convent of Intercession played an important role in the history of Russia as a place where many noble ladies were forcedly sent to and converted to nuns. The main church of the convent – the Cathedral of Intercession – was completed in 1518. The Cathedral of Intercession in Suzdal has an unusual for Russia interior that features no paintings of stained glass, only plain white stone walls. Make sure to visit the Convent of Intercession in Suzdal, a great example of old and unique Russian architecture and a place where that played an important role in Russian history.

The Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery in Suzdal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Spaso-Evfimiev monastery in Suzdal was founded in 1352 on the high bank of the Kamenka river, to the North of the charming town of Suzdal. The monastery was originally built as a fortress, and later on served as a prison.

The Suzdal Kremlin with the blue-domed Cathedral of Nativity of the Theotokos © PhotoSuzdal.ru

St. Alexander Convent in Suzdal © PhotoSuzdal.ru

Convent of Intercession in Suzdal © PhotoSuzdal.ru

Suzdal Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery in Suzdal ©  TravelFotki.ru

Suzdal – Location Map & Contact Information

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 Location Address:

Suzdal, Vladimir Oblast, Russia

How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Suzdal – 219 km East from Moscow by M7 highway

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