Suzdal - ORIENTATION
Favorite thing: 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.
Riding a sledge
Favorite thing: Riding a sledge is the best way to move around Suzdal', especially in winter. The streets here are too calm and 'ancient' for driving a car but in winter often too slippery and hilly for walking. So a sledge is an optimal option for going around.
It isn't very cheap (as everything in Suzdal') - about 30-35 US dollars for a half of an hour. But if it was cheaper I'd write a transportation tip about it.
You can easily find a sledge in the center of the town or near your hotel. There you also can ask a driver to meet you somewhere else in the town at any time you like.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Fondest memory: 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.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Suzdal is just 3 hours of driving from Moscow. I love to make short week-end trips to Suzdal with my friends. Clean environment, great landscaped and plenty of good restaurants. What else do you need?
visit the cathedral of the...
Favorite thing: visit the cathedral of the Nativity.
The cathedral is a rare monument of Vladimir-Suzdal white stone architecture of the pre-mongol period. It was built in 1222-1225 on the site of the Asumption cathedral built by Vladimir Monomakh at the end of the 11th - beginning of the 12th centuries which had collapsed. The one-domed Asumption cathedral was built in plinth. The new 13th century cathedral was built in lime stone, but the old plinth from the previous one was used in the masonry inside. This technique distinguishes it from the other monuments of Vladimir-Suzdal architecture. The facades and portals of this 3-domed cathedral were decorated with the white stone carvings. After the fire of 1445 the upper part of the cathedral was rebuilt in brick. The 3 domes were replaced by 5 domes.
visit The Archbishops'...
Favorite thing: visit The Archbishops' Chambers.
The architectural ensemble of the Archbishops' Chambers had been created within several centuries. The first brick chambers of Suzdal bishops appeared in the 15th century not far from the Nativity cathedral. In 1635 a monumental octahedron bell tower with a huge massive tent and chime clock emerged in front of the cathedral There was a home church of the bishop in the middle tier of the tower. But the most important alteration which changed the appearance of the archbishop's residence took place in the time of Metropolitan Illarion (1682-1707). The archbishop's chambers is a rather complicated group of buildings dating back to different periods of time. It combines the features of old russian civil architecture with regularity of the royal chambers of the new time. The northern block was built anew, the cross chamber - the reception hall of archbishops, the center of the ensemble - was created. The festive staircase and a spacious seni (lobby) leads to the cross chamber. The northern block is connected to the earlier buildings. The Annunciation church restored according to the 16th century is one of them. It has an 8-sloped roof, one dome, a refectory and a porch with galleries. The same kind of a porch decorates the entrance on the side of the bell tower. The bell tower is connected to the archbishop's chambers by the gallery restored by specialists. Porches, galleries and other details unite the buildings making a whole ensemble complete.
Fondest memory: The Archbishop's Palace houses a number of expositions. One of them is devoted to Suzdal's history, another highlights a collection of ancient Russian icons. The oldest among them is Maximov's Mother of God dating back to 1299. The 13th-century Cathedral of the Nativity. Its Golden Gates is a genuine masterpiece of early Russian art.
suzdal, city of churches
Favorite thing: 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 !
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Suzdal' is located on high and hilly banks of Kamenka river. Lovely and varied landscapes are usual for this place.
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
Pretty old town
Favorite thing: Pokrovskaya street. Looks very nice.
One of these three buildings is a small hotel.
BTW one can be hosted in any house of the town - this is common business for all Suzdal citizens.
Nice wooden buildings...
Favorite thing: Some times it seems that time was frozen here. On a time-machine you can move to the Russia of XVIII-XIX c. with nice wooden huts, and thousand of monasteries.
The Cathedral the Nativity ...
Favorite thing: The Cathedral the Nativity was built in 1222-1225 but later it was rebuilt and some wall-paintings were added in the 13th, 15th and 17th centuries.