The Golden Gates were built between 1158 and 1164 on the orders of Andrey Bogolyubsky to serve as the main entrance into the city. Now the gates have become a symbol of the city. Originally the city was completely surrounded by earthen mounds and in addition to the Golden Gates there were another four sets of gates, but these have not survived. Most of the earthen mounds were flattened in 1778 as part of the new regulated city plan. Around this time the Deposition of the Robe Chapel was opened inside the gates. This chapel was closed during the Soviet era, but has since been reopened. The icons which were also removed from the outside of the gates have also been replaced. The gates are now part of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum Reserve and inside there is an exhibition on military history of the city, including a diorama of the Mongol-Tatar conquering of Vladimir.
|Location||beginning of Ulitsa Bolshaya Moskovskaya|
|Open||10:00 - 18:00. Closed on Thursdays and the last Friday of the month.|