Vladimir was the medieval capital of north-west Rus, replacing Kiev as the principal Rus city in the 12th Century. It is famous for its UNESCO-protected Golden Gates, Dormition Cathedral and St Demetrius' Cathedral. Often overlooked by its prettier neighbour of Suzdal, it nevertheless makes a perfect day trip from Moscow, but can also combined as a weekend break with a visit to Suzdal or with other Golden Ring cities.
|Name in Russian||Владимир|
|Status||City-municipality and administrative centre of the Vladimir Region|
|Location||On the River Klyazma|
|Distance||180km east of Moscow|
|Time Zone||Moscow Time|
|Population||350,087 people (2014)|
|Founded||990 or 1108|
|Titles/Awards||Golden Ring City|
|City Day||First Sunday in September|
Top recommendations in Vladimir
Go to Cathedral Square to see Vladimir's two ancient cathedrals and to enjoy great views of the River Klyazma and surrounding area.
Ulitsa Bolshaya Moskovskaya
Walk along Ulitsa Bolshaya Moskovskaya to see many of the city's sights including the Golden Gates and the Bogoroditse-Rozhdestvensky Monastery.
Knyaginin Uspensky Convent
Visit the Knyaginin Uspensky Convent which was founded in the late 12th century by the wife of Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest.
Take a trip to nearby Bogolyubovo to see the stunningly beautiful Intercession Church on the Nerl.