Zuzdal was one of the most powerful towns in ancient Rus. The town was founded in the 11th century and since then became the most important town in Russia along with Vladimir. Zuzdal was the capital for several Russia principalities for a long period.
Zuzdal is a town of churches and monasteries. You can admire the unique architecture of these buildings, which will take you to the past centuries. It can be considered a religious center of Russia, as there is no other town, which has so many churches and cathedrals.
The oldest cathedral in Suzdal is the Rozhdestvensky Cathedral, built in the 13th century. This cathedral was damaged greatly and robbed during the invasion of Tartars. Only in the 16th century, the cathedral was completely restored.
Kremlin is situated in the center of Zuzdal. It is the historical core of the town. Kremlin in Zuzdal is a 13th century Cathedral, known as the cathedral of Virgins Birth. This Cathedral is decorated with wonderful masks and girdle. In the 16th century the cathedral burned down, but was very soon restored. In 1967 the wooden Nikolskaya Church was brought and installed in the Kremlin. Another part of the Kremlin is the Archbishops chambers and the Bell Tower.
Nowadays the Kremlin has become a place for the exhibitions and the Archbishops chambers is famous for its restaurant, which offers delicious dishes of Russian cuisine, made according to the old Russian recipes.
There are many other sights in Zuzdal that have cultural value. So next time you plan to travel in Russia, don’t forget to visit this ancient town with beautiful churches.