My Pictures of Vladimir

After Suzdal, we went to Vladimir.

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The monastery was founded / connected with a Prince Andrew, here being killed (by Mongols?) The tour was in Russian, so we didn't understand much.
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Fr. Mitchell and all of our new found friends - all who spoke English quite well and were excited to meet 2 Americans.
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View of the monastery of Prince Andrew.
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If you look closely to the left, there was a little chapel we were trying to reach - on an island in a river - but with the spring thaw, it was a little too wet.
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Vladimir once surpassed Moscow in importance, until it was devastated by Mongols in 1238. Notice the "golden gate" in the background.
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Walking through a wooded park, with the 19th century belltower of the Cathedral in the distance.
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The Cathedral of the Assumption (used as the model for its namesake in the Moscow Kremlin) was constructed in 1160-1180s.
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The Cathedral is noted for its Romanesque appearances. The prince built it hoping to unite Russia's princedoms, but the Mongol invasion ended any such hope.
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The Golden Gate, completed in 1164, once the entrance to the walled city, which featured a church above the gate to ask for divine protection.
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The Catholic Church in Vladimir. The pastor was shot in 1950 after the Church was closed, and just reopened in the last 10 years.

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