Bus ride from Moscow to Vladimir and Suzdal.
You are right, i took this bus one the way in. i bought the ticket one day before travelling. But the bus was not full at all, i might have bought the ticket the same day.
On arrival at Vladimir i bought a train ticket for the next day , back to moscow.
So i could spend the night at gozilla hostel in suzdal; quite a very interesting two day trip from Moscow.
Within the walls of the Pokrowskij-Monastery / Pokrowskij Monastyr / Mariä - Schutz - Kloster you can still see the wooden houses that had been built there for the tourists. Our tourguide told us that just a few days before we had come to Suzdal, these houses were also given back to the nuns. So now the question is, will this stay a hotel or not.
In enjoyed to see these houses a lot , also in combination with the old monastery-walls.
Pokrowskij-Monastery / Pokrowskij Monastyr / Mariä - Schutz - Kloster was built in 1364 and during communiste times the whole monastery was used as an Intourist-hotel. A few years ago the monastery was given back to the Russian Othodox Church and now there are nuns again there, but tourists are still welcome to take a look at the great buildings from outside. All buildings will be closed except for a small museum, but you can walk through the monastery-park and take some photographs, BUT it is forbidden to take pics of the nuns !
There are lots of lovely wooden houses in Suzdal all over the village, many of them are perfectly restored and will show great decorations, mainly around the frames of the windows.
Also when taking a bustour from Ples, like I did, or from Moscow you will pass by hundredes of such interesting wooden buildings, the typical country-houses of the old part of Russia.
Lazarus-church / Zerkow Lasarja and its winterchurch are dating back to the year 1667 and they were a donation by the local merchants. The belfry of the Lazarus-winter-church is quite unique with its red and white decorations and tiles, it is considdered to be one of the most beautiful belfries of the churches of the "Golden Ring"
Unfortunately also these 2 churches are closed for tourists !
It is a pity that most of the churches in Suzdal are closed for tourists, many of them might have not yet been restored from the inside like Zerkow Woskressenija Christowa / resurrection-church / Christi-Auferstehungskirche, that was built next to the shopping-arcades and dates back to 1720. (see my pics 1 & 2)
On my pics 3-5 : Kirche des Einzugs Christi in Jerusalem and Paraskewa-Pjatniza-church
Like in many other old cities of Russia all shops had to be inside the old shopping-arcade during the former centuries. That way it was easy to controll the taxes that had to be payed to the city of Suzdal. Nowadays that is a bit different, but mostly the shopping-arcades are restored again and used for shops and other services.
Get inside the museum of wooden houses in Suzdal and you will step back into the "good old times" of Russia. Wooden architecture can be seen still in many places in the countryside of Russia but more and more these houses are taken down in order to build new buildings by concrete.
Inside of this museum you will have to pay a "Photo & Video-fee" , in 2008 it was 100 Rubles for ALL sights in Suzdal (also the churches, where photography was allowed).
In case that will go to Vladimir as well you can get a special permit there for 150 Rubles including also the Photo- & Videofee for Suzdal & Vladimir.
There are 2 large tiles-ovens like on my main photograph inside the big hall of the archibishop's palace in Suzdal plus various precious paintings and ancient icons.
In order to take some photographs there you will need to have the general permit of photography for the city of Suzdal - the price oif it is 100 Rubles or 150 Rubles, in carse that it includes also the sights of the city of Vladimir, about 40 km from Suzdal.
The frescos of the cathedral were under reconstruction in May 2008 and still they look interesting and you will be able to see the most of them anyway. The sceneries of these frescos follow a general rule of the russian orthodox church, what kind of sceneries and what saints etc. have to be shown in the frescos of any orthodox church. More or less these frescos are telling the stories of the holy bible.
Here you will se some more of the precious and unique tresuries of the cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary / Mariä - Geburts - Kathedrale :
On my photographs :
1) a shrine made of solid silver
2) a great painting and the Tsars box at the left of my pic, the Tsar followed the churchservice there under the Baldachin standing like all other participants of an orthodox service.
3 & 4) a giant lantern in the shape of a 5-domed cathedral, it was carried around in processions.
5) some other paintings
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (Mariä - Geburts - Kathedrale) is worth to pay the photo-fee of 100 Rubles for all sights of Suzdal. The iconostase, dating back to the 16th century is without doubt one of the most beautiful in Suzdal and one of the very view that will be shown at all to the ordinary tourists. There will be guards inside the church, checking your photo-permission and once that you have shown it, nobody cares anymore, wether you use your flash or not.
This is the cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin from outside with its 5 onion-domes on top. The first church at this place was built already in the 11th century, but the church that you see there today dates back to the 16th century.
You will be able to get there any time and see the facade of the church and its great domes, there are no gates beeing closed when the church is not open for the public, maybe except that small gate at the end of Kremlowskaja Uliza that you will see in my 2nd photograph, but in that case you simply take another way, as this wall exists only at one side of the church-grounds.
My last 2 pics : Dont miss to take a closer look for the old entrancegate of the cathedral, that is shown inside the church,next to the new entrance-gates of today !
This is the Belfry of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin / Mariä - Geburts - Kathedrale, with the golden double-eagle of the Russian Tzars on top and an interesting wooden baldachin as an entrance with golden stars on top.
You cannot enter the belfry but you will pass by it and may step up to the entrance at least.
This church is one of the highlights of any visit to Suzdal, it is the cathedral built inside the area of the former Kremlin of Suzdal.
Finding the right names of the various churches of Suzdal is a lot of trouble, as they mostly make a slightly different sense in the various languages :
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin and sometimes also Rozhdestvenskiy cathedral are the english expressions
Mariä - Geburts - Kathedrale is it in german and
Sobor Roschdestwa Bogorodizy is the russian name, transfered into our letters.
On my last photograph : The former palace of the archibishop of Suzdal, opposite of the cathedral.