Monday, January 13, 2014

White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal - RUSSIA - UNESCO #633

Two beautiful UNESCO WHS postcards arrived today from Russia. This one shows the Suzdal Kremlin, part of the site "White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal" (ok, I still need a card from Vladimir to have the complete site). According to the sender, the heart of Suzdal is its 12th century Kremlin, which is much smaller than other monasteries in the region; in the card we can see the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the Kremlin. Thank you very much Elena. This postcard took 26 days to arrive!
UNESCO #633 - The Suzdal Kremlin - RUSSIA
These two artistic centres in central Russia hold an important place in the country's architectural history.
Suzdal, which lies some 25 km north of Vladimir on the bank of the Kamenka River, was the site of a settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries, which became a fortress in the 11th century. A civil settlement (posad ) developed around it, housing craftsmen and shopkeepers, and monasteries were attracted to the area in the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite some regularization in 1788, the street pattern remains much as it was in the earlier period. The Kremlin (fortress) is surrounded by earthen ramparts.

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