Vladimir is the town of a thousand-year history, the foundation of which is connected with the name of Kiev Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavovitch. In 990-s on the high bank of a former full-flowing river.
Klyazma Vladimir the Baptizer founded a new fortress in analogy with Kiev. In the middle of the XII century during the government of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky Vladimir became the main city of the North- Eastern Russia, and during Tatar-Mongol invasion it became the capital for the whole country. Prince Andrei and then his junior brother Vsevolod "The Big Nest" turned the fortress into the town of gold domes and white stone. The white-stone monuments of Vladimir have preserved till today: the Golden Gates, the Assumption and the St. Demetrius Cathedrals.
Vladimir went through many remarkable heroic events. There were both victories glorified in folk legends and hard times of the Tatar-Mongol Yoke.
With Moscow rise in the XIV century Vladimir lost its former glory. Metropolitan left Vladimir for Moscow, and the citizens of Vladimir gave Muscovites the greatest sacred thing of the city -the miracle-working image of Our Lady of Vladimir. In analogy with the Vladimir Assumption Cathedral Aristotel Fiorovanty built the church in the Moscow Kremlin.
Provincial Vladimir of bygone centuries touched the souls of contemporaries by bell sounds, flavor of flowering cherry trees and quiet small streets, but at the same time it always kept grandeur of old times and beauty of historic landscape.
Despite modern Vladimir is a large industrial centre the town attracts tourists from the whole world coming to admire white-stone lace of ancient temples.