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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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  • When inspecting the impressions left not something unusual. All fair and expected. the building required restoration
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  • It is 12th century remain of the great wall of Vladimir. It was once the main entrance as a fancy gate to the city.No glamor is presered.The walls are gone and a church golden dome was addeded. It ser...  more »
  • Since Soviet times, when was here for guided class, nothing much has changed. not very friendly attraction, she simply shakes outside, is unique of its kind, but inside only the fruits from an interesting battle for Vladimir with the Horde, around the perimeter of the doors are closed, the State of the object is also not the best, it would be good to make it friendlier to tourists, to open up, for example
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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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