The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius of Vladimir

The temple was built at the beginning of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and its construction was attended by Russians who emphasized above all in chronicles.

After 40 years of construction of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius of Vladimir, this was destroyed and sacked by the Tatars, and after that, it has survived to several fires that occurred in the place. It remained standing with this condition for a long time, until in 1837, by order of Nicholas I, it was restored but with people who were not specialists of the Russian style. However, it can not be said that the restoration of the cathedral was a benefit, on the contrary, thanks to this restoration the original one was almost destroyed in its entirety. Following the work carried out by the electric emperor of the masters, the temple finally lost its original appearance and was practically undone in pieces. Regarding the total destruction, only what was carried out in its subsequent re-restoration remained, during which, the cathedral was returned in some parts to its original appearance.

The main decoration of the temple has become a thread, which completely covers its upper level and the drum of the dome. It is worth mentioning that to decorate, 566 carved stones were used that arose from a strange image in which Christian imagery coexists with mythology and literature.

In the central area there is a gallery of saints, surrounded by images of plants as well as animals. On the southern facade of the cathedral, the whole composition stands out more, where the story of Aleksandra Makedonskogo in his ascent to heaven is told. In the construction of the north facade of the temple, the representation of the prince Vsevolod is found, the Great Nest, surrounded by his children.

After observing all the exterior decoration of the cathedral, it looks very promising, however, its interior is somewhat disappointing. Unlike all the other cathedrals of Vladimir Dmitriev, its interior is modestly decorated. The few structures and designs that survived the flames were later destroyed by the restorers. At present, the cathedral is part of the outdoor museum of Vladimir-Súzdal.

Since it is an important part of the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, it belongs as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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