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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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  • A unique monument, with its history. Such gates (preserved) only 3. And it is wonderful. It seems to me it is a symbol of the city, a symbol of history and our past. Very impressed.
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  • The Golden Gate is the first symbol of the city of Vladimir. They are interesting-their appearance, history, role in the life of the city. Located inside the Museum. Go stairs 64 on narrow stairs is the same spirit grasps. ... Interesting and beautiful place. The flow of cars around while you're on the island. Under the arch you feel almost as "time machine". This is a must experience ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
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  • Twice was lucky enough to visit this attraction. For the first time it was deep autumn evening. Beautiful lighting and not boring comment a friend awakened great interest in this construction. The second time was already in the tour group in the afternoon. Without the illumination of the building looks no less spectacular. Lucky enough to visit inside. Frankly, the story guide and martial stairs-all for the sake of what it cost to attend Golden Gate.
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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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