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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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  • Yes, meaningful place not only for Vladimir, but also for the entire country. Interestingly, that very arch expanded and reinforced gates. Symbol-a symbol!
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  • Golden Gate cult place of the city of Vladimir and a symbol of Russia. From this point begins the old streets of the city, coffee shops for collectors, museums, old churches, souvenirs for sale. Nearby walking street of the city. The main theme of Golden Gate Museum-exposition of Defense Vladimir from the Tatar-Mongol conquerors in the early 13 century. Next to the gate are the remains of a defensive wall of the city. With Golden Gate bound wedding tradition of the city, all couples come to the monument and the husband must carry on his wife's hands across the aisle at the gate, then the family will be strong and happy.
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  • By hard drive. On the central street of the city they are located so that you have to go around the party. Amazing architectural monument, tightly associated with the story of Vladimir. Near many other attractions.
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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
  • Zdorovskoe place:) Entrance to the city. Want to record that came to town-pass through the gate.)) And want to officially leave-go out. I once came out, and no train tickets-train I was not nor buses. And why? You went, why do you need tickets?)) So you understand why enter and exit))
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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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  • Very narrow staircase and observation platform is impressive.
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