On November 17, we invite the Conference participants to join us in the free guided bus and walking tour of the towns of Vladimir and Suzdal.
Please register at our website so we could arrange transportation. On the day of arrival, November 14, don’t forget to confirm your booking and pick up your boarding coupons at the registration desk to produce on the tour bus.
Bus and walking tour of the town of Vladimir.
Departure time: 9.00
Duration: 4.5 – 5 hours
The town of Vladimir is a generally recognized cultural, historical and touristic center, a pearl in the Golden Ring main route keeping a great many of monuments of architecture and history.
Vladimir is known as one of the oldest Russian cities. During the tour, you will see unique architectural ensembles of the 12th century: The Uspensky (Assumption) Church. Dmitrievsky Church and the Golden Gate that is included into UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Golden Gate is one of the most amazing attractions in Vladimir and actually is its symbol. It served not only as the city’s triumphal arch but also a fortress that had once absorbed the offensive of Tartarian hordes.
The Dmitrievsky Cathedral is famous for its white-stone carvings – over 600 relieves depicting saints, mythological and real animals, grace its walls. The major part of them survived in their original shape, while some were replaced during the 19-th century restoration works. In the interior, several fragments of the 12-th century are preserved, for example, parts of The Great Assize fresco.
Uspensky (The Assumption) Cathedral is an outstanding monument of the white-stone architecture of pre-Mongol Russia. Today it belongs to the Orthodox Church’s Vladimir Episcopacy, and is a state museum. Historically, before Moscow rise, it was the main cathedral of the whole Vladimir-Suzdalian Rus where Vladimir and Moscow great princes were coronated: Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, Ivan Kalita. Frescos by the greatest Russian artist of the 15th century Andrei Rublev were preserved there.
The tour will also offer a visit to the museum “Crystals, enameled miniatures and embroidery” with its vast display of arts and handicraft, antique and modern crystal pieces – tableware, candleholders, vases, fantastic animals and unique miniature pieces. Mstera lacquer miniatures hold a particular place in the Museum display. The art of colorful riant tempera paintings on paper-mache dates back to the first pre-Revolution (1917) years and originates in the ancient icon-painting craft. The museum building is also of interest as it is the former Old-Belief Trinity Church.
Bus and walking tour of the town of Suzdal
Departure time: 9.30
Duration: 3 hours
During the tour, you will get familiar with the main architectural attractions of the ancient town of Suzdal, among them the Kremlin with the Cathedral of Birth of the Blessed Virgin and the Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery with its Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral.
The Suzdal Kremlin is the core around which medieval ensemble of Suzdal grew. At the turn of the 11th -12th centuries, the fortress was built and surrounded with a belt of earthworks. Today, the vast museum complex of the Kremlin comprises many exhibitions and displays illustrating the history of the land of Suzdal, the prominent people’s lives, religious treasures, Old Russian paintings and applied arts.
The Cathedral of Birth of the Blessed Virgin of the 13th -16th centuries, the most ancient survived construction of the town, is located in the Kremlin. The Cathedral is made of cavern limestone and adorned with relieves, masks and corbel. Its facades are adorned with female masks and perspective portals and the arcaded frieze is decorated with floral ornament. In the south and west narthexes you will see ancient folding doors – “the Golden Gate” of the 13th century made with the technique of “fire gilding”. Inside the cathedral is covered with blue colors of later paintings under which you can see picturesque ancient fragments. The carved iconostasis survived since the 17th century. The graves of the members of the most famous boyars and princely families, e.g. the Shuyskys, the Shuyskys-Skopins and the Belskys are located in the cathedral necropolis.
On the premises of the former Suzdal Archbishop’s chapel – the Church of the Annunciation – the best samples of the Russian icon painting of the 16th-17th centuries of Vladimir-Suzdal Museum and Reserve are exhibited. Do you know anything about Russian icons? During the tour, you will discover the iconography of the image of the Vladimir icon of the Mother of God and of the wonderworking icon of the God-Loving.
The Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery is located in the northern part of Suzdal. It is one of largest Russian monasteries. Found in the mid 14th century, the monastery was an important cultural center of Muscovy. There, the chronicles were being written and icons were being painted, and thousands of pilgrims were wending their way for the relics of Reverend Evfimy of Suzdal.
Today the Suzdal Kremlin is a museum with many expositions dedicated to the history of Suzdal land, famous people who played important roles in its history, treasures from monasteries and churches, Old Russian paintings, arts, and crafts. Within the Monastery walls, the mausoleum of knyaz Dmitry Pozharsky, a hero of “the Time of Troubles”, has been restored. In the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, the main monastery’s church, you will see, in pristine condition, the recently restored paintings of the 17th century by masters Sila Savin and Gury Nikitin