To familiarize yourself with the ancient city of Suzdal, it is best to start with a tour in the Kremlin, which is very well preserved as are its buildings. Here is why; Suzdal Kremlin is the oldest building in the city, and has incorporated all of Vladimir Monomakh’s history. According to archaeologists, the Suzdal Kremlin was built in the 10th century, yet all its main buildings have survived, with the exception of the protective walls and towers.
Therefore, when you are on the site, you can see a well-defined earthen wall that extends almost half a kilometer. But more importantly, the reason why the Suzdal Kremlin is famous is because of its religious attractions, which are the Cathedral of the Nativity, the Church of St. Nicholas and the Archbishop’s chambers. Each of the objects in the Kremlin complex is interesting in its own way.
The Nativity of the Mother of God, you could say, was one of the first Christian churches to be built in Suzdal. Throughout its history (and the foundation of the temple dates back to the 12th century) the Church survived several reconstructions, but now it welcomes travelers in the best possible way. It is a majestic cathedral, white as snow, and beautiful on the outside as well as the inside. Its main pride is the so-called “golden door”, created by the best masters of Suzdal.
The Church of St. Nicholas is also well preserved in the territory of the Suzdal Kremlin, and it was transported from the Yuriev-Polsky district. It is a simple but well-built wooden monastery, and it decorates the Kremlin at the level of the Nativity Cathedral and the Archbishop’s chambers. The latter, by the way, is a building stone (residential and agricultural), intended for the ministers of the house, including the bishop himself.
When you visit the Archbishop’s Chambers, don’t forget to look at the Cross Hall, as it is important, since many centuries ago important receptions were held there.
The visit to see the objects in the Suzdal Kremlin can be made on any day from 10:00 to 18:00 (except Tuesdays and the last Friday of each month). Entrance tickets cost 250 RUB for adults and 100 RUB for children.
After the information point in the Suzdal Kremlinde you can have dinner in the adjacent restaurant which has a very appropriate name “Refectory” (located on the first floor of the bishops’ chambers).