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.  

The most famous church complex in Suzdal is the Suzdal Kremlin (fortress). The Nativity Cathedral, with it’s star-studded blue domes that can be seen from practically anywhere in town, dates back to the 12th century. DSC_0664DSC_0652 Saint Nicholas wooden church is a beautiful example of uniquely Russian church architecture. DSC_0645Church of the Assumption of the Virgin is also part of the Suzdal Kremlin. Below are its colorful interiors. DSC_0714 DSC_0577 DSC_0584

DSC_0578 DSC_0587Suzdal churches come in so many styles, from so many eras — it’s like a capsule of a millennium of Russian history.

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28 thoughts on “CHURCHES OF SUZDAL

    • I half-agree. The snow is nice BUUUUT you’re not guaranteed to have it. Last winter had almost no snow at all, in -30C and in +2C. And the skies are usually gray. So it can be very hit or miss.

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  2. Those are some beautiful churches! In Bucharest there are around 350 churches, and they always feel like there are way too many. The priests however disagree…

    • HAHAHA. Moscow has 300+ as well (according to Wiki at least), which isnt that many if compared to Bucharest or ESPECIALLY Suzdal, proportional to the population at least.

  3. Hi Anna,

    Just wanted to let you know, I mentioned you as a source in my latest article – under fact #36:

    Love what you’re doing. Keep up the great work!


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