suzdal, city of churches
In the old days it was custom for rich people to spent money on their own church in Suzdal. This ofcourse still shows today !
Letteraly hundres of churches, dozens of monestarys and a town that does not look like it is about to fall apart.
Unfortunately we were in low season, so almost all things to do besides churches, museums and so were closed. We had quite a hunt for something to eat !
Suzdal - ORIENTATION
The main street of Suzdal is the Lenin Street, where you can find some of the best shops, restaurants, and bars of Suzdal, thus you're unlikely to miss this one: )) There are also loads of monuments, mostly churches, around this street. A funny thing, isn't it? Many churches standing around the street bearing the name of the communist ruler who fought hard against the religion, counting it as the worst enemy of people, the thing that obstructs their minds...
Two central points are the Trading arcades on Torgovaya ploshchad (which may be translated in English as Trading square), and further - the Red square on the right side, where there's the town hall and the post and phone office. You can make use of them even to log in to read your mail and surf the web.
Behind the Trading arcades, further on the left there's the Kremlin complex. This is where you're likely to be heading as soon as you come to Suzdal. Opposite to the Trading arcades, within 15 minutes walking there's the bus station - your main gateway into the city, since there's no train station. Opposite the Red square, on the left side of Lenin Street there are many of Suzdal's monasteries and the Kamenka river.
Suzdal' is a town of monasterys and churches. And the ringing of their bells goes with you everywhere and everyday (but of course, especially on Sunday)! Suzdal's monasteries usually have very fine bell-ringers, so you're getting real pleasure.
places to powder your nose
There are 2 places to powder your nose that I found in Suzdal :
One of them is inside the former Kremlin, next to the famous monastery and they will charge you 10 rubles. It is at the entrance on the right of my 1st photograph.
On my 4th and 5th photographs you will see the second one : It is totally free of charge, but also still quite "oldfashioned" inside the museum of the wooden houses, a bench with a big hole in it with a good view (and smell) of everything that was gathered there over a longer time. I decided to stand on that bench, but it is mainly ment for sitting of course. Bring your own toilet-paper ! this toilet is in the garden of the 1st building on the right, after the large wooden church.
the remains of the old Kremlin
There is not a lot left over of the medieval Kremlin of Suzdal, but when walking over the bridge of the river Kamenka you will still see a part of the artificial wall that was made of soil, heaped up in the 10th century and on top of that natural wall used to be a wooden fence. Nowadays you have to take a closer look in order to find the walls of the old Kremlin.
2 Churches used to be inside the old walls of the Kremlin:
the cathedral of the birth of Holy Mary (Sobor Roschdestwa Bogorodizy / Mariä-Geburts-Kathedrale)
The wooden church that you will see next to the cathedral today was added in 1960, it is the church of a small village closeby, named Glotowo.