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Visit Suzdal for a blast from the past

If you happen to be in Moscow and have a free day, take the time to make a trip to Suzdal - the ancient town is only 137 miles away. Get away from the typical tourist haunts and have a taste of unadulterated Russian history and tradition in this Golden Ring city.

Vladimir Trofimov

If you happen to be in Moscow and have a free day, take the time to make a trip to Suzdal - the ancient town is only 137 miles away. Get away from the typical tourist haunts and have a taste of unadulterated Russian history and tradition in this Golden Ring city.
The closer you get to Suzdal, the more advertisements for hotels, inns and restaurants you'll see. Almost the entire life of this town revolves around tourism these days.

Vladimir Trofimov

The closer you get to Suzdal, the more advertisements for hotels, inns and restaurants you'll see. Almost the entire life of this town revolves around tourism these days.
One of the most popular destinations on the Golden Ring tourist route, Suzdal offers visitors its historic Kremlin, medieval weaponry, traditional log cabin lodgings, hearty food, and fresh-brewed honey mead.

Vladimir Trofimov

One of the most popular destinations on the Golden Ring tourist route, Suzdal offers visitors its historic Kremlin, medieval weaponry, traditional log cabin lodgings, hearty food, and fresh-brewed honey mead.
In the winter, you can take a ride in an old-fashioned Russian carriage.

Vladimir Trofimov

In the winter, you can take a ride in an old-fashioned Russian carriage.
In the summer - July 20, to be specific - Suzdal's market opens up shop. Renowned for its cucumbers, the market has cucumber seeds for sale as well as fresh, marinated, and salted cucumbers, Russia's favourite vodka snack. You can sample cucumber jam, cucumber soups - definitely including the traditional cold soup, Okroshka - cucumber pastries, and other dishes whose recipes haven't changed in 500 years.

Vladimir Trofimov

In the summer - July 20, to be specific - Suzdal's market opens up shop. Renowned for its cucumbers, the market has cucumber seeds for sale as well as fresh, marinated, and salted cucumbers, Russia's favourite vodka snack. You can sample cucumber jam, cucumber soups - definitely including the traditional cold soup, Okroshka - cucumber pastries, and other dishes whose recipes haven't changed in 500 years.
In 1024, Suzdal was the spiritual center of Old Russia, a fact which remains evident to this day. There are five monasteries, some 30 churches and chapels, and 14 bell towers in a 3.5 square-mile area. That's more cultural artifacts per square foot than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of Old Jerusalem/ The Suzdal Pokrovsky (Intercession) Convent, which dates from the 16th century, also served as a place of imprisonment for members of aristocratic families who were forced to take the veil.

Vladimir Trofimov

In 1024, Suzdal was the spiritual center of Old Russia, a fact which remains evident to this day. There are five monasteries, some 30 churches and chapels, and 14 bell towers in a 3.5 square-mile area. That's more cultural artifacts per square foot than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of Old Jerusalem/ The Suzdal Pokrovsky (Intercession) Convent, which dates from the 16th century, also served as a place of imprisonment for members of aristocratic families who were forced to take the veil.
There are no high-rise buildings to be seen here because they are prohibited by law. The tallest buildings are five stories high, but if you don't know where they are, you won't be able to see them.

Vladimir Trofimov

There are no high-rise buildings to be seen here because they are prohibited by law. The tallest buildings are five stories high, but if you don't know where they are, you won't be able to see them.
There is a marvelous panorama from the top of this hill. It features a winding river, fields, and a forest in the distance - real Russian nature. From here, two monasteries and ten churches can also be seen. But be careful: scrambling down this hill is even harder than climbing up. Getting down the hill is easier in the winter. You can ride down on an inflatable tube or the Russian way - on sleighs.

Vladimir Trofimov

There is a marvelous panorama from the top of this hill. It features a winding river, fields, and a forest in the distance - real Russian nature. From here, two monasteries and ten churches can also be seen. But be careful: scrambling down this hill is even harder than climbing up. Getting down the hill is easier in the winter. You can ride down on an inflatable tube or the Russian way - on sleighs.
The Suzdal Kremlin is the oldest part of the city; Suzdal's core. According to archeologists, it has existed since the 10th century. At the turn of the 11th century, a fortress was constructed on this location together with a ring of earthen ramparts almost 1.5 kilometers (approximately 1 mile) long. Wooden walls and towers towered over the ramparts. Royalty and high-ranking clergymen - an entire retinue - dwelled inside the Kremlin walls. In addition to the Kremlin, earthen ditches and several churches remain intact to this day.

Vladimir Trofimov

The Suzdal Kremlin is the oldest part of the city; Suzdal's core. According to archeologists, it has existed since the 10th century. At the turn of the 11th century, a fortress was constructed on this location together with a ring of earthen ramparts almost 1.5 kilometers (approximately 1 mile) long. Wooden walls and towers towered over the ramparts. Royalty and high-ranking clergymen - an entire retinue - dwelled inside the Kremlin walls. In addition to the Kremlin, earthen ditches and several churches remain intact to this day.
The evening in Suzdal is a time for those who really love all things ancient. You can take a stroll on the quiet streets, surrounded by historic buildings and beautiful nature.

Vladimir Trofimov

The evening in Suzdal is a time for those who really love all things ancient. You can take a stroll on the quiet streets, surrounded by historic buildings and beautiful nature.
How to get there: Buses for Suzdal leave every half hour from Moscow's Shchyolkovsky Station. The cost of a ticket is about $5 and the journey takes around 4.5 hours.

Vladimir Trofimov

How to get there: Buses for Suzdal leave every half hour from Moscow's Shchyolkovsky Station. The cost of a ticket is about $5 and the journey takes around 4.5 hours.
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13 February, 2014
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