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Golden Gate, Vladimir

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The Golden Gate of Vladimir (Zolotye Vorota, Золотые ворота), constructed between 1158 and 1164, is the only (albeit partially) preserved ancient Russian city gate. A museum inside focuses on the history of the Mongol invasion of Russia in the 13th century.The Golden Gates existed in the holiest cities of Eastern Orthodoxy: Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Kiev. On making Vladimir his capital, Andrew the Pious aspired to emulate these structures, commissioning a lofty tower over the city's main gate to be erected in limestone and lined with golden plaques. According to ancient Russian chronicles, the masons were invited from Friedrich Barbarossa. The main arch used to stand 15 meters tall. The structure was topped with a barbican church dedicated to the Deposition of the Virgin's Robe and symbolizing the Theotokos's protection of Andrew's capital.The gate survived the Mongol destruction of Vladimir in 1237. By the late 18th century, however, the structure had so deteriorated that Catherine the Great was afraid to pass through the arch for fear of its tumbling down. In 1779, she ordered detailed measurements and drawings of the monument to be executed. In 1795, after many discussions, the vaults and barbican church were demolished. Two flanking round towers were constructed in order to reinforce the structure, and artisans then reconstructed the barbican, following the drawings made in 1779.
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Where to stay in Vladimir

Even though Vladimir doesn’t offer too many places to stay, the diversity of options should meet the needs of most visitors. Most of the city's hotels are boutique establishments, with a few high-end, very luxurious options. Budget travelers can choose between several hostels, while those looking for self-catering accommodation can rent fully furnished apartments. As in many mid-sized Russian cities, most of the lodgings are concentrated in the center, with a handful of places to stay in more residential neighborhoods.
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  • The impressive gateway is on the main street in the middle if Vladimir. Check it out as you walk or drive past to other sites. Some reviews mention q display upside but we didn't stop to go in.  more »
  • This is also easy to get to. It is quite impressive. We didn't visit he museum inside maybe if we have time later in our visit  more »
  • Didn't really go out of our way to get here as if you are walking down the main road you will come across the golden gates. It helps to know a little if the history to make your time worthwhile, other...  more »
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  • One of most popular place of Vladimir. Inside of this gate you can see museum about history of city.
  • Visited this nice site in Vladimir, old Capital town of Russia
  • It is the required photo, if you have visited Vladimir then you should have a picture of the Golden Gate. We love Vladimir... a highly recommended city to visit.
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  • The Golden Gates of Vladimir is a symbol of the city! A very beautiful structure. And a very interesting Museum, is especially interesting panorama battle
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  • Very beautiful monument. Sorry have not got to the Museum-repairs. "Heart Of Vladimir. Be sure to visit!
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