Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

Vladimir, Russia

The Cathedral of St Demetrius (1194-97) is a royal church, built to the order of Grand Prince Vsevolod III. It is cubic in form, with three internal naves and a helmet dome. The cathedral is one-domed and four-pillared. Originally it was surrounded by galleries with towers that connected it to the prince's palace. They were demolished during the restoration in the 19th century.

The church is famous for its white-stone carvings - its walls are decorated with ca. 600 reliefs, depicting saints, mythical and real animals. Most of the reliefs are preserved in their original form, some have been replaced during the restoration of the 19th century. Out of the internal decoration a few fragments of frescoes of the 12th century have survived, particularly fragments of the Last Judgement composition. Currently, the cathedral is a part of the Vladimir-Suzdal open-air museum.

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Founded: 1194-1197
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Elena Kurilenko (4 months ago)
Must-visit in Vladimir.
Francesco Fantoni (5 months ago)
Patrimonio Unesco, la Cattedrale è posizionata su un'altura, nel pieno centro di Vladimir, e dalla quale con uno sguardo si domina tutta la vallata circostante. Costruita in pietra bianca, è tipica architettura russa, molto scenografica. L'interno funge da museo che è possibile visitare pagando un modesto biglietto.
Archaic Lier (8 months ago)
A beautiful Cathedral that can capture the imagination
Suzanne Bell (11 months ago)
A very beautiful church with intricate carvings
Daniel Kiselev (2 years ago)
A beautiful church, one of the oldest in Russia. At the moment it works primarily as a museum, however, from time to time religious services are carried out here. The view from the rear of the building is tremendous. Nearby there's a park with a large playground and some other commodities, such as electroscooter rent or ice cream shops.
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