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15063790 It seems to reflect a style of life reminiscent of two centuries ago. There are no chimney stalks or high-rising buildings here – nothing but two-story merchants' houses and parochial churches on the sides of the narrow and quiet streets. White stone temples, ancient bell-towers, masterpieces of wooden architecture – you will be able see all this if you take a tour around Suzdal.

Regularly folklore holidays are celebrated with fairs and theatrical performances in many cities of the golden ring. One of the biggest events, the fame of which has spread across the country and even beyond it, is the famous Cucumber Day in Suzdal. To experience the atmosphere of this celebration you should spend at least a couple of days in this ancient city.

Suzdal is one of the most ancient Russian towns. It is more than one thousand years old. Suzdal was founded in 983 but the first reference to Suzdal in the chronicle dates back to 1024 and concerned the peasants' rebellion, which spread "throughout the land". In the XII century the kremlin fortifications were built at the bend of the river Kamenka that was navigable at those times. The ancient town was surrounded with the ramparts reaching the height of 17 meters. Later the paling with 15 towers was built on the top of the ramparts.

At the foot of the mound there was a wide and deep moat that protected the town from the east. Now travellers can see the rests of those fortifications that every ancient Russian town had.Before the XII century Suzdal had been the second town in the principality after older Rostov. But under the Prince George the Long Armed it became the capital of Rostov-Suzdal principality, major commercial and political center.


The upsurge in art and culture in the North-Eastern Russia at the beginning of the 13th century was interrupted by the Mongol-Tartar invasion. In winter of 1238 Suzdal was captured and burnt down by the tartars. At the end of the XV century Suzdal lost its independence and became subordinated to Moscow. From the middle of the XIV century to the end of the XVIII century Suzdal was a center of the eparchy – an important religious center. The Kremlin was the archbishops' residence. The stone archbishops’ chambers were built there in the XV-XVII centuries. At the beginning of the XVII century during the Time of Troubles Suzdal was pillaged by the Poles but the Suazdal's economy was reconstructed. Then after this Polish - Lithuanian invasion Suzdal never suffered from destructive wars.

In the end of the XVIII century the church life declined in Suzdal – the bishop left Suzdal for Vladimir and the former religious centre became an average district town of the Vladimir Gubernia. The life was unhurried in Suzdal. The town's inhabitants earned their living by horticulture and market-gardening. The industry (the textile and processing of agricultural products) was of no importance. In the middle of the XIX century the Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod railway was built, but it passed Suzdal by Vladimir. This fact put a stop to the further development of Suzdal, but on the other hand it contributed to the preservation of its look of a Russian medieval town with its churches, monasteries and small houses.


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