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Demetrius Cathedral, Vladimir

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Admire the stone-carved facade of Demetrius Cathedral, which features more than 1,000 ornaments, biblical scenes, and characters of classical mythology. The cathedral was most likely built at the end of the 12th century, when the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica was brought to the city from Byzantium. Among the lions, centaurs, and snow leopards on the exterior, look for the representation of a king, either David or Solomon, which repeatedly appears in the central sections. Inside, you'll see fragments of 12th-century frescoes of a scene from the Last Judgment painted by Greek masters. Take a look at our Vladimir trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Demetrius Cathedral and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Every 30 minutes in the cathedral include a recording with a story about the history of the Cathedral. Outside the Cathedral is very beautiful, but inside almost nothing survived except for a small area of Ancient frescos.
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  • Unique structure, it does not accidentally called "precious chest" clearly façade is divided into three tiers. The bottom has no decorations, because it was originally closed galleries, lost in the course of numerous reconstructions. The second and third tiers are incredibly elegant, almost the entire area is covered with amazing landscapes: fantastical animals, humans and plants. Consider carved sculptures can be infinite, all of them laced with symbolism. In many things visible notes pertaining to Byzantium and Western Europe. Of course after such an elegant exterior, the Interior of buildings, a bit disappointing. Premises very modestly, original frescoes, have not survived, washing around almost white.
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  • The most beautiful monument in the city, in my opinion. Embodiment of harmony. Look inside-great fresco "last judgement"
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