Monday, June 21, 2010

Suzdal - Russia

A few months ago me and Polina "poncha" traded some unesco cards. Her envelope arrived a few weeks later but my envelope never reached her. I decided to resend the cards praying that this new envelope didn't get lost too. This time Polina received the cards and last week she sent me this Suzdal card as a thank you. That was very nice of her.
Suzdal is on the Unesco list under the name of White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. I already had a card from Vladimir but didn't have from Suzdal.

This is the Cathedral of the Nativity, "one of the eight White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. One of the most complex monuments of Russian medieval architecture. It was originally constructed during the reign of Vladimir II Monomakh during the late 11th century.
The Cathedral of the Nativity is surrounded by a ring of earthen walls in an oxbow of Kamenka River. It is notable for being the first city cathedral not built for the exclusive use of the knyaz or his relatives. The cathedral contains the remains of a son of Yuri Dolgoruki, knyazes of the Shuisky family and others.
The cathedral was originally built during the reign of Vladimir II Monomakh. In 1222, on the orders of Yuri II of Vladimir the dilapidated building was taken down and replaced by a new one built of white stone. Thus it remained until 1528, when the white stone walls above the arcade are replaced by brick. In the 17th century, the previously three-domed cathedral was given five domes and the interior was partially repainted. Thus the cathedral survives to this day with numerous changes throughout its history, both in the exterior, and the interior, where the wall frescoes are of 13th, 15th and 17th century origin. The cathedral has also endured fire several times." - in: wikipedia

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