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Suzdal is often called the “jewel” of the Golden Ring cities and if you are going to visit some of the cities then Suzdal should definitely be on your list. The town dates back to 1024. In its early history it was the capital of several principalities and later on became an important religious centre. The town is full of churches and at one point in its history had 40 churches for approximately 400 families. Nowadays there are hundreds of architectural sites to visit including more than 35 churches, 5 monasteries and several museums. The town only has a population of around 10,000 and managed to avoid the Soviet-town development, thus has retained its country village feel with many of the roads remaining unpaved and livestock roaming the streets. The atmosphere is extremely pleasant due to its rustic, country feel combined with its medieval monuments.

In short, Suzdal is an extremely special place and we are certain that you will enjoy your time there. Please see the sites of interest tab below for more information on all of the most important places to head to when in Suzdal.

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Archbishops Chambers
A large architectural masterpiece that took several centuries to be built. It houses a unique collection of historical and archaeological objects, including the Cross-Vaulted Chamber.
Cathedral of the Nativity
Located on the Kremlin's territory, dating back to the beginning of the XIII century, the largest relic of which is the Golden Gates.
Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture
This museum recreates the life and traditions of the people of Suzdal in the XVIII–XIX century. The ensemble includes churches, log houses and other structures.
Spaso-Yevfimievsky Monastery of Our Savior
The monastery was founded in 1352 as a fortress. Original wooden structure of the monastery didn't survive and its current appearance dates back to 16-17th centuries. The main cathedral of the monastery - Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral - boasts original 16th century frescoes that were uncovered during restoration. In 1766, a prison was established here which functioned till the mid 20th century and saw many famous prisoners - from Decembrists to Wehrmacht officers. In 1968, the monastery became a museum and is now guarded by UNESCO.
Suzdal Kremlin
The heart of Suzdal. Specialists believe the Kremlin dates back to the X century and first appeared in the chronicles in 1024.

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