My Pictures of Suzdal

We made a visit to the town of Suzdal, which once had 50 churches and monasteries. Although 12 churches and 10 monasteries were destroyed by the Soviets, the rest were preserved as museums.

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Suzdal is a small town which still remains it traditional look of meadows, woods, and onion domes, and hasn't been marred by factories (or tourism!).
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The Church of the Resurrection (summer church) and Out Lady of Kazan (winter church - the lower ceiling at least made it seem warmer). Behind are the 19th century trading rows (the "mall").
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The mid 18th century church of St. Antipy, with its adjacent, unusual belltower.
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The somewhat decrepit Convent of the Deposition of the Veil, which dates back to 1207. Note the tall drums on the Cathedral, and the 16th century Holy Gate.
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Suzdal's tallest landmark, the 72 meter belltower erected to celebrate Russia's victory over Napoleon in 1812.
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The Convent of the Intercession, notoriously know for being the place where the Tzars send (exiled) their unwanted wives.
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Despite its grim history, it has an elegant cathedral and belltower, here reflecting off the River Kamenka.
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The Monastery of the Saviour-St. Eyphimius - once the richest in Russia - which as you can see doubled as a fortress, and a prison was established here from 1766-1905.
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration, built in 1594.
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The interior frescoes are all very vivid and bold in their colors.
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The interior of the cathedral, where a side-chapel contains the tomb of St. Eyphimius.
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The walls are covered with numerous scenes from the scriptures.
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The main dome in the ceiling, with the frescoes of Christ and numerous saints.
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There are two men who ring the many bells by hand - playing a "symphony" of almost 15 minutes.
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The "summer" Church of Our Lady of Smolensk lost its winter counterpart, but acquired a tall, freestanding belltower.
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Here I am, walking through the midst of the fields and houses.
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This Church of the Transfiguration (1756) and two colorful farmsteads actually form part of an outdoor Museum of Wooden Architecture.
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A tranquil scene - as one guidebook says, the churches in Suzdal sprout like mushrooms.
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The Cathedral of the Nativity, built in the early 13th century and rebuilt in the 1530s (making 5 domes instead of the original 3). Some nice carved stonework.
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Behind the Cathedral, the wooden, 17th century Church of St. Nicholas, moved here in 1950 as the first exhibit of the Museum of Wooden Architecture.

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