When it comes to a historic city centre, most people think of old houses strung out in narrow streets. There’s some truth to these thoughts. However, the heart of any city is considered to be its central area. It is here, in an open space, that important matters of public life can be resolved, where fairs have been held, and dozens of military parades held.
Vladimir’s Cathedral Square is a classic example of the central area of a large city. Its complex was formed more than a decade ago, and yet all the buildings here look quite harmonious. In addition to the large architectural structures, this place has more monuments and memorials dedicated to the events and important people whose lives have been connected with the history of Vladimir.
The most popular names in the area are the Uspensky and Dmitrievsky Cathedrals. The tradition of folk groups in the main square of Vladimir is several centuries old. Since ancient times, a crowd of thousands of citizens and peasants from surrounding villages used to gather at major religious festivals.
According to witnesses, it was not until the 20th century that the square and the surrounding territory began to put on a sad show due to the dirt, large amounts of potholes and holes. The Cathedral is actively used as a ceremonial parade.
What to see?
In the center of the square is the cathedral with a 22-meter pedestal and a typical monument of Soviet architecture. A guardian warrior at the top, the architect and the worker symbolizing the courage, intelligence and work of Vladimir. However, there is a monument to Prince Vladimir, a Red Sun which was made by Andrei Rublev. To the left of the last stalls of the Assumption Cathedral is the living embodiment of Russian architecture. And near St. Dmitriya Solunskogo Cathedral there is a museum dedicated to the history of the temple. There is a three-storey building, which was opened today by the government offices for exhibitions devoted to the history of Vladimir. On this site there are art galleries.
In winter, the main Christmas tree of the city is placed on the cathedral square.