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.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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  • All impossible to not notice stands in the middle of the main street of Vladimir poor structure
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  • It was a ceremonial entrance into the city, surrounded by an earthen rampart and had another 7 such technical inputs in the city limits. In the hypatian Codex mentions that the gate was lined with sheets of copper and sparkled in the Sun-hence the name. In addition to the ceremonial entrance gate and bear defensive role-this tells the diorama, which is located in a small museum above. This tragic event in the history of Vladimir, the beleaguered troops of Batu Khan in 1238. Gates has repeatedly rebuilt, modernized and burned. Since their construction Vladimir Prince Andrew Bogolyubskii in 1164 year there is only one arch. Top enjoys beautiful views of the city.
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  • Soviet in spirit, but the Museum and historic site. The temple was on textbooks and postcards so that required them to visit
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  • Good museum, Not expensive good exhibitions, sadly not in English but to be expected in russia
  • There's a long walk upstairs, but its worth it first a small tidy exhibit of the city history (there is great interactive panorama set there showing medieval town history). Also part of exhibit set for WWII pictures and documentary ( I guess for those that care)
  • Nice heritage site
  • 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

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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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