Coat of arms


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.

Basic facts
Name in Russian
City-municipality and administrative centre of the Vladimir Region
On the River Klyazma
180km east of Moscow
Time Zone
Moscow Time
350,087 people (2014)
First mentioned
990 or 1108
Golden Ring City
City Day
First Sunday in September
Official Website

Top recommendations in Vladimir

  • Cathedral Square

    Cathedral Square

    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

    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.

  • Bogolyubovo


    Take a trip to nearby Bogolyubovo to see the stunningly beautiful Intercession Church on the Nerl.