Suzdal Kremlin

Suzdal, Russia

The Suzdal Kremlin is the oldest part of the Russian city of Suzdal, dating from the 10th century. Like other Russian Kremlins, it was originally a fortress or citadel and was the religious and administrative center of the city. It is most notably the site of the Cathedral of the Nativity. Together with several structures in the neighboring city of Vladimir, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

While archeological evidence suggests that the Suzdal Kremlin was settled as early as the 10th century, the fortress itself was built in the late 11th or early 12th century. The fortress was strategically located on a bend of the Kamenka river on three sides and a moat to the east. It was surrounded by earthen ramparts that remain to the present day. A settlement to the east became home the secular population - shopkeepers and craftsmen, while the Kremlin proper was the home of the prince, the archbishop, and the high clergy.

From the 13th to the 16th centuries, several monasteries and churches were constructed, including the Cathedral of the Nativity, the Convent of the Intercession, and the Monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euthymius.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia

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Rajesh Kamath (16 months ago)
Well preserved heritage site. Walking through the bridge on iced river was an experience. The meeting hall inside was an experience in itself. Was thrilled to see India in a old map kept there. This place should be even more beautiful in summer. The guide was very helpful and describing everything patiently.
Robert McKinnon (17 months ago)
A very historical and pretty place in Russia. Visit it when you travel the Golden Ring.
Mike Pownall (17 months ago)
2 years ago was great to visit it was free of charge but Now they want very much money to visit. I can not be bothered to ever visit again. Way to commercialized. Very disappointing
Harm te Molder (2 years ago)
Suzdal and its Kremlin are great for an afternoon stroll. Apparently it can be busy in summer and winter, but it was very quiet in September. Autumn is very beautiful here as well.
Plamen Panteleev (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit. One day trip will be enough. There are some really good views to take photos or just to relax. Almost no one speak English, so be prepared.
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