1. The Golden Gate

Vladimir's The Golden Gate do not have analogues in European medieval architecture. Built in the XII century in Vladimir by the Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky, in addition to the defensive function, it represented the main entrance to the town. Oriented to the West, The Golden Gate, symbolized the desire of the Vladimir Prince to show the greatness and wealth of the Eastern Russian lands, not inferior to the European kingdoms.

But the main feature of The Golden Gate remained fortification. Before the siege of the Mongol army of Khan Batiy, who came to the borders of the town in the winter of 1238, it remained impregnable: the invaders broke into the town through the breach in the wall fortifications.

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To visit The Golden Gate today for the military-historical exhibition of the Museum of military glory, located in th Gate Church. There you can see the weapon and the military paraphernalia of the XII – XIX centuries and the central element of the exhibition is a diorama, illustrating the siege of the town by the Mongol-Tatars in 1238.

Address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya, 0; landmarks – the building itself, dividing the roadway on Bolshaya Moskovskaya street.

Phone: +7-4922-32-25-59.
Web site:
Work hours: Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday and the last Friday of the month – closed.
Cost: 80 roubles for adults, 50 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.

3. The Spasskiy Hill

Recently, the attention of the visitors and the residents of Vladimir attracts one more place - the area near the Patriarch's garden with its unusual monument. The Monument to a cherry that appeared in the city was no coincidence: in pre-revolutionary times Vladimir was well - known in all Russia due to its cherry that grew here. There is a legend that a cherry – a warm-loving tree by its nature – appeared in the city in the XVI century, and was brought with the traveling monks.

Cherry orchards covered the largest area of the city (there were up to 400 gardens). Vladimir cherry was so famous that its cherries were served to the Patriarch and the Royal family. In the Patriarch's garden today five varieties of cherry are cultivated, they are famous since the nineteenth century. One of them is the Russian standard in a comparison for all other varieties.

At this place in еру XII century Andrey Bogolyubsky founded his Prince's court and built a white stone Church of the Saviour. Only the foundation remained from it and a few bottom rows of masonry walls. St. Nicholas Church, which stands today on the site of an ancient White Saviour, was erected in the XVIII century.

The sightseeing point on the Spassky hill is brand new, from here you can look at the river Klyazma from a different angle and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the provincial town. And tired travellers can relax on a carved wooden bench under the shade of an ancient oak tree in the company of Pushkin's scholar cat.

From The Spassky hill starts on the historic Georgievskaya street where you can go to Georgievskaya Church and the Old pharmacy.

Adress: next to the Patriarch's garden, on the one hand, and to the Saviour Church on the other.

5. The Old Pharmacy (Георгиевская, 3).

This quiet corner, in the eyes of the pedestrian, curled up with a noisy Bolshaya Moscovskaya street to Georgievskaya street – was a witness of an amazing experiment, undertaken in the 1980-s. It was decided to return to that street the appearance it had in the nineteenth century. The restorers started, apparently, with the famous "Night. Street. Lantern. Pharmacy."... Although the pharmacy in the beginning of the Georgievskaya street, directly opposite of the Georgievskaya Church, really was. Opened in 1805 and was the first Vladimir's state pharmacy. Until this moment the town had one private pharmacy, stationed in the Virgin-Nativity monastery.

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Today there is no more pharmacy in this yellow building with the semicircular facade. But there is a local newspaper editorial office, antique shop and a rare book store. And that pharmacy № 1 existed a little longer than 200 years. Closed in 2010, but the big letters "PHARMACY" are still beckoning to roll down the alley, recreating the atmosphere of the Russian provincial town of the XIX century.

Don't forget to pay attention to the Georgievskaya Church – it the name of this Church was called the whole street. It was built on the site of the burned down in the fire of 1778 the ancient Church which was laid in the XII century by Yuri Dolgoruky at the princely court and was named in honor of its patron - Saint George.

Address: Georgievskaya street, 3; landmarks – opposite the Georgievskaya Church.

7. The Museum of gingerbread (Bolshaya Moskovskaya street,40)

Applying the old recipes that bakers used during the reign of the Emperor Alexander II, and traditional wooden gingerbread boards, the Museum staff shows and tells what the real Russian gingerbread is. And this sweet delicacy, by the way, has come to our days through the centuries. You can]learn more about its history, traditional and modern technologies of gingerbread production of all different shapes, sizes and flavors in very unusual Museum, where the visitors involve not only vision and hearing.

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Master class on painting the printed gingerbread is the culmination of the excursions, which adults expect no less than children. And fans of sweet delicacy will not miss the chance to taste it with tea.

Address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 40; landmarks – next door to The Historical Museum, on the one hand, and The Christmas monastery from the other.
Phone: +7-904-031-30-09, +7-960-733-78-30
Website: музейпряника.рф
Work hours: daily from 10:00 to 19:00

9. Museum “The Chambers” (Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 58)

Behind the intriguing name "The Chambers" hides a three-storey building, that stretches between The Assumption and St. Demetrius cathedrals. More than 200 years it was an administrative institution and the stronghold of the city's bureaucracy. Now it is the Museum, which includes a complex of permanent and temporary exhibitions that are able to satisfy the intellectual hunger of any person who come here.

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The first floor of the complex is given to children – the Children's center was one of the first opened in the country. Seven permanent exhibitions recreate the wonderful world of bygone eras: the reconstruction of the oldest in Central Europe the ancient encampmen Sungir, discovered near Vladimir, in a cozy traditional peasant hut or in an indescribable atmosphere of a provincial town.

The second floor of the Museum is divided between the expositions "The charming days gone by" , that has preserved the items of culture and life of Vladimir aristocratic estates (the only place in town where you can see the real suit of armor – it was brought from the estate of count V. S. Khrapovitsky in Muromtsevo village), and a picture gallery that includes three masterpieces of the old Russian painting – the icons painted by Andrei Rublev, and three hundred works of the Russian art of different eras, from the genre painting of the eighteenth century to the social realism of the twentieth century.

Address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 58; landmarks – between The Assumption and St. Demetrius cathedrals.
Phone: +7-4922-32-24-29, +7-4922-32-52-78.
Work hours: Thursday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10:00 to 16:00, Monday and the last Thursday of the month – closed.
Cost: children's museum center: 150 rudders - for adults, 100 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners; single ticket for the exhibitions (art gallery and exhibition "The charming days gone by": 250 rubles for adults, 150 roubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.

12. The Planetarium (Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 66a)

The turns of history of the XX century led to the fact that even the stars and celestial bodies in Vladimir have been watched from the old Church tower! The former church of the eighteenth century houses the Vladimir planetarium now. And it coexists with the Vladimir Kremlin – the residence of the Rozhdestvenskiy monastery, connected with the significant events in the Russian history. Here was buried the great Prince Alexander Nevsky. Here was created one of the oldest Russian Chronicles – the Laurentian Codex. Beginning with the half of the XIII century until the beginning of the XIV century the monastery was considered to be cathedral for the Russian metropolitans. And now, it is the current residence of the Vladimir-Suzdal Bishop.

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Every day the Museum staff read lectures, written for an adults and for children. Even about the most complex processes in the Universe, the planetarium staff can explain simply and clearly. In order not to confuse and not to get bored on lectures, it is better to choose a session in advance: about the astronomical misconceptions, prevalent in the modern world (about the "bad" solar flares, about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world, about asteroids and comets, "aimed" at the Earth, etc.), the evolution of the Universe, the moon or the sun, life in the Solar system or beyond it and many others.

Great interest in the visitors arouse quite rare exhibits: the Foucault pendulum, a large globe of the moon, the models of the first artificial satellites. Here is the only diorama in the country, showing the takeoff of the spaceship “Energia-Buran”.

And if it is a clear night, then at a predetermined time in the planetarium you can o see the moon or planets through a telescope.

Address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 66A; landmarks – next to the Historical Museum on the one hand, and the Rozhdestvenskiy monastery on the other.
Phone: +7-4922-32-22-90
Work hours: daily from 9:00 to 17:15
Cost: 55 rubles – a session-lecture for adults, 45 roubles – a session- lecture for children, 25 rubles – supervision in a telescope in the evening and at night, 15 roubles a day.

14. Дом-музей Столетовых (ул. Столетовых, 3)

С Владимиром связали свою жизнь – добровольно или принудительно – много замечательных людей, чьи имена запомнились потомкам. Возможно, фамилия Столетов и менее известна, чем, скажем, Герцен, однако люди, носившие её, были удивительные. Не случайно государственный университет во Владимире был переименован в часть двух братьев Столетовых.

Род Столетовых – известный купеческий род, обосновавшийся во Владимире. Однако два брата сломали семейную традицию, каждый пошёл по собственному пути. Старший брат, Николай Григорьевич, выбрал военную стезю – стал видным военным деятелем, участвовал в русско-турецкой войне 1877-1878 гг., в рамках которой руководил обороной Шипки. Шипкинский перевал – это болгарские территории, а Шипка – одно из самых известных событий в истории Болгарии. Николая Григорьевича Столетова болгары открыто называют своим освободителем и чтут его память как национального героя. На родине о нём тоже не забывают.

Младший брат Александр Григорьевич служил своей родине, не покидая её пределов – более 30 лет он преподавал в Московском Государственном Университете. В его физической лаборатории были совершены знаковые прорывы в изучении магнитных свойств вещества и фотоэффекта, сделавшие возможными впоследствии множество научных открытий.

Интерьеры, в которых росли братья Столетовы, созданы в небольшом деревянном флигеле, стоящем позади реального двухэтажного каменного дома купца Столетова. Там же воссоздана научная лаборатория, в которой работал Александр Григорьевич. Во внутреннем дворике флигеля иногда проводятся разные тематические мероприятия, информация о которых распространяется заранее.

Адрес музея:ул. Столетовых, 3; ориентиры – гостиница «Владимир» и начало Богородице-Рождественского монастыря на противоположной стороне дороги, остатки древнего крепостного Рождественского вала.
Телефон: 8-4922-32-31-26, 8-4922-32-42-63 – для заказа экскурсий.
Режим работы: с понедельника по субботу 11:00 – 19:00, в воскресенье 10:00-16:00
Стоимость: 80 рублей – билет для взрослых, 50 рублей – для учащихся, студентов и пенсионеров.

2. «The Old Vladimir» museum (Kozlov Val street,14)

The museum exposition "The Old Vladimir" is located in the red brick building, built near Kozlov Val. It appeared in Vladimir in the nineteenth century, when the city began laying water pipe, and there was a need in a special building that served as the catchment water dispenser (interestingly, as such a building was seen even The Golden Gate, by that time, totally inactive). This is the first case in Russia when the museum was opened in the building of a water tower.

The Museum expositions represent a different view on the history of the city. Because history is not only a bloody battles and political intrigues, it is also the history of everyday life: the streets, home interiors of the citizens and their everyday apparel, Church shop, restaurant... Routine, work, studying- all life of the Vladimir residents until The Revolution of 1917 is shown on the three floors of the Water tower.

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Having finished learning about the museum expositions and going up the stairs on the 2-nd floor of the tower, you can get to the one of the best observation decks in the city.

Address: Kozlov Val street., 14; landmarks – behind Kozlov Val- the remains of the ancient defensive wall, built near The Golden Gate.
Phone: 8-4922- 32-54-51, 8-4922-32-42-63 to reserve excursions.
Work hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 to 16:00, Monday and the last Wednesday of the month – closed.
Cost: 80 roubles for adults, 50 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.

4. Center for the promotion of fine arts (Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 24)

The center of fine arts in Vladimir occupies one more building with an interesting history. Four-storey stone building, built in the XVIII century, was used as the men's gymnasium, and a furniture store, there were merchant's shops, bakery, pastry, sausage shop, and notary's office, and the headquarters of the grenadier regiment, and the public library, and the broadcasting center, and the artists studio, and even the inspection of fish protection and fish stock restoration...But the people of Vladimir know this building as the Governor's house, in memory of the first owner of this building and the first Governor of the town, Peter Gavrilovich Lazarev (another famous Lazarev, Mikhail Petrovich – one of the discoverers of Antarctica – he was his father).

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Since 1992, there has been the Vladimir center of fine arts. All this time, it introduces the residents of Vladimir with the rich and varied world of the Russian and the world of artistic culture. Annually, the Center holds the exhibitions of Vladimir's painters, graphic artists and sculptors - Kokurina, V. G., K. Britova, N., Yukina V. Y., Kholina,D. A., Baranchuk N. E., Nilova V. N., Frantsuzova B. F. Vladimir school of painting represents a special phenomenon in the contemporary art world – bright, rich in color, filled with energy.

For those, who want to try yourself in art, the center organizes master-classes. Any time an information about the upcoming master class can be found on the center's website. The exhibition center is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 to 19:00 and 21:00 on Thursdays. On Monday the center is closed.

Address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 24; landmarks – opposite The Old trading rows.
Phone: +7-4922-32-25-59.
Web site:
Work hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays; Fridays-Sundays from 10:30 to 19:00, from 10:30 to 21:00, closed on Monday.
Cost: 70 rubles for adults, 50 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners, 35 rubles – for students FIHO, 25 rubles for students of the art school, 20 roubles – for children from 5 to 7 years, free for children under 5 years; 150 rubles – an excursion; 100 roubles - photography, 150 rubles - filming.

6. Borodin's Smithy (Georgievskaya street, 3g)

In the center of Vladimir, hidden from the eyes, there is the current forge. The hereditary blacksmiths Yuriy Nikolaevich and Alexey are preserving the smithcraft, according to ancient traditions. Their works are represented in almost all museums of Vladimir.

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An excursion to the forge makes an unforgettable impression, so often among the visitors there are brave people who want to forge something with their own hands. Blacksmiths don't refuse and under their control offer to forge a nail, because a nail was a symbol of the beginning and the end of the house building in Russia. And the travellers always took a nail as a piece of their home.

And if you are not in a hurry to return to Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, you will be in the yard of The Old pharmacy and please your eyes with a view of The Assumption Cathedral and Pushkin Park.

Address of the smithy: Georgievskaya stret, 3g. Landmarks: near Georgievskaya Church on Georgievskaya street, turn from Bolshaya Moskovskaya street near the Center of classical music.
Phone: +7-915-760-21-77
Work hours: Friday from 12:00 to 18:00, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: 150 rubles for adults, 100 roubles for children, free for preschoolers.

8. The Assumption Cathedral (ул. Б. Московская, 56)

The Assumption Cathedral is literally a nail of all tourist programs in Vladimir. It is the beginning of the city. The erection of the Cathedral in 1158 – 1160 was the beginning of all events Vladimir has ever witnessed and participated in.

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The Cathedral itself became a participant of many significant events in the history of the city. Unlike the other ambitious architectural structure – The Golden Gate,The Assumption Cathedral keeps its form almost unchanged for more than 8 centuries. However, the original Cathedral was single-domed and considerably differed from the modern. The fire of 1185 in Vladimir damaged the appearance of the Cathedral, and almost completely destroyed the entire exterior and interior decor. Then the construction team, invited by the Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest (he inherited the Principality of Vladimir after Andrei Bogolyubsky), rebuilt the temple, changing its appearance, adding a gallery around the Cathedral and surrounding it with four new domes, without them today the Cathedralis hard to imagine.

But not only the exterior, although it is certainly worth of attention, is interesting in The Assumption Cathedral. It is well known that fragments of the painting, dating the XII century, belonged to the brush of Andrei Rublev, who worked together with Daniil Cherny on the invitation of the Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky.

The Cathedral's address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 56; guidance – from the Bolshaya Moskovskaya street you can see the building of the Cathedral's bell tower with a gilded spire.
Phone: +7-4922-32-52-01
Work hours: The exposition inside the Cathedral is open to the visitors: Tuesdays-Sundays from 13:30 to 16:30, Monday – closed.
Cost: 100 rubles - adults, 50 rubles for schoolchildren, students and seniors; excursion service - 200 rubles for adults, 150 rubles for students and pensioners, 100 rubles for people under the age of 18.

10. St. Demetrius Cathedral (Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 60)

St. Demetrius Cathedral – is a continuation of the white stone architectural traditions, founded by Andrey Bogolyubsky. It was built by Prince Vsevolod The Big Nest as the court cathedral and the name was chosen appropriate – in honor of his saint patron, Dmitriy Solunskiy. The modern intimacy of the Cathedral at the time was out of the question: in a single-domed building, surrounded by three porches, the choruses for the whole princely family were located, and to get on them near the temple was built a separate tower. But in the XIX century the researchers of the Cathedral were sure that the arches and the tower were of the later time and decided to get rid of them. As a result of this reconstruction, the white stone carving of the Cathedral was partially modified and even turned black. In this appearance the Cathedral stood until the early XX century: the arches and the tower were not built, but got rid of the black color.

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St. Demetrius Cathedral seems so tiny and cozy is in the far corner of the linden Park. The first impression the Cathedral makes by its stone carvings. Among the stone images are easily recognized even individual historical characters – king David, Emperor Alexander the great, the legendary Hercules, St. George. For a modern man it is hard to unravel the meaning of all the images on the walls of St. Demetrius Cathedral, but the stone reliefs could be read easily by a medieval man, whose consciousness was rooted in the depths of the Christian culture.

Inside the Cathedral, just like in The Assumption Cathedral, are preserved the fragments of frescoes of the XII century. To get inside the Cathedral will not be difficult – currently there is an open a Museum exhibition, the main exhibit of which is the Cathedral itself.

The Cathedral's address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 60; landmarks - Park Lipki.
Phone: +7-4922-32-42-63
Work hours: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00, Monday and Thursday from 11:00 to 17:00, Tuesday and the last Wednesday of the month – closed.
Cost: 150 rubles for adults, 100 roubles for children, free for preschoolers.

11. The Historical Museum (Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 64)

The Historical Museum in Vladimir is a rich source of a new knowledge and impressions. The exposition of the Museum covers a huge time period from the prehistoric times to the twentieth century. The history of Vladimir begins not with the foundation of the city, as it might seem, but with the appearance in this territory the first man. It happened near the modern borders of the city, in the area of Sungir, where in 1956 were accidentally found some ancient graves. Now the professionals and ordinary people know that Sungir is the oldest encampment of prehistoric man in Central Europe, and the graves and objects found in Sungir were dated as 30,000 thousand years ago.

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The unique exhibits will tell us about the milestones in the history of Vladimir and its connection with the events of the Russian and world history, from the baptism of Rus to the reign of the last Russian Tsar Nicholay II, who visited Vladimir during the celebration of the 300-th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, – about famous people, associated with the Vladimir region. All long history of the city is enclosed in one building.

To immerse in the history is possible any day except Monday. The Museum opens its doors at 10:00 and closes at 16:00 on Wednesday and Thursday and until 17:00 on other days (except Monday).

Address: Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, 64; landmarks – Lipki Park, opposite the Ministry of Internal Affairs building (yellow building with columns).
Phone: +7-4922-32-22-84
Work hours: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00; Monday and Thursday from 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesday and the last Thursday of every month – closed.
Cost: 80 roubles for adults, 50 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.

13. Музей гжели (ул. Большая Московская, 67)

Частные музеи уже не редкость для Владимира. Проверить, знаете ли вы, что такое настоящая русская гжель, можно здесь – в музеи Гжели. Ведь гжель – это больше, чем синий узор на белом фарфоре, это традиции наших предков, которые уважают и сохраняют в этом молодом и пока небольшом музее. Те, кто уже успел заглянуть в этот уголок Владимира, восхищаются разнообразием представленных экспонатов (их почти тысяча – не так уж и мало).

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Коллекцию создатели музея собирали лично в течение 50 лет, гжель для них уже стала увлечением всей жизни. На сегодняшний день это первый в мире частный музей русской гжели. Все экспонаты в музее уникальны, ведь каждый вышел из-под руки мастера высокого класса. О каждом художнике, чьи работы представлены в музее, организатор и по совместительству экскурсовод Надежда Дмитриева может рассказать отдельную историю.

Но о произведении искусства мало просто услышать или прочитать, лучше увидеть его своими глазами. Мастер-классы по росписи в технике гжели пока не проводятся, но организаторы музея всерьёз задумываются над этой возможностью.

Адрес музея: ул. Большая Московская, 67; ориентиры – кафе «Шеш Беш» и гостиница «Владимир».
Телефон: 8-900-589-82-58
Режим работы: ежедневно, 11:00 – 19:00
Стоимость: для взрослых – 150 рублей, для пенсионеров и детей – 100 рублей.

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