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Vladimir

The city of Vladimir

The city of Vladimir is one of the oldest and most famous Russian cities of the central Russian region. It is located in the heart of the historic Vladimir region 180 kilometers northeast of Moscow on the bank of the Klyazma River. The city has the population of more than 370,000 people. Modern Vladimir is a part of the Golden ring of the ancient Russian cities and a significant tourist center.

Brief History

Founded in 995, this great historical Russian city was the capital of ancient Rus and was the political, cultural and religious centre. The city’s period of greatest importance was probably in the late 12th and early 13th century, up to the Mongol invasion. On January 14, 1929, Vladimir became the part of Ivanovo region, and on August 14, 1944, it received the status of the capital city of Vladimir region.

    Interesting facts:

  • Vladimir is famous for its unique cathedrals dating back to the XII century. Four of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list
  • Vladimir is located on the important railway route Moscow – Nizhniy Novgorod. It is the only city in Russia which is connected by local electric trains with 2 Russian cities having underground.