Suzdal is famous for its churches. It is also famous for the sheer number of them – some 40 in a town of 10,000 folks. Back in the day Suzdal used to have one church for every 10 inhabitants! I have no idea about the cause of this phenomenon; although Suzdal is a very old and important city, which at one time was the capital of its own Duchy, this level of ecclesiastic construction seems a bit excessive. On the upside, it has left us plenty of gorgeous architecture to look at, from the medieval times (several of Suzdal’s monasteries are some of the oldest in Russia) through 19th-century neoclassicism.