The 17th century is a hard time for the city. In 1608 Suzdal is invaded and plundered by Polish troops. And in 1611 Lithuanians come and make the situation even worse. However, Suzdal holds out, and with great effort the citizens start reconstruction. Life becomes steadier, but in 1634 Crimean Tatars again attack the city, bringing great damage to it. In 1643 another trouble comes, great fire nearly destroys Suzdal.
City dwellers almost finish one of numerous reconstructions, when plague pandemics kills over a thousand people – nearly half of city population. In the 18-19th centuries Suzdal became an important religious center of Russia, still keeping its positions as the center of crafts and trade.
In 19th century many Russian cities show rapid economic growth, however, Suzdal falls under opposite tendency. Citizens start moving to other settlements. The war of 1812 shakes the quiet Suzdal; however, its dwellers survive all miseries and build a 65-meter high bell tower, memorizing the victory, in 1819. Suzdal citizens live mainly on fruits and vegetables. Suzdal cherries are famous all around Russia, and cherry juice travels to Moscow in large barrels to become cherry liquor.
The end of 19th century shows only 8 thousand citizens in Suzdal; however, these few enthusiasts keep watching and caring about city’s cathedrals and monuments of ancient Russian art. Suzdal has many necessary establishments, occupying stone buildings – commercial establishments, pawn shop and customs. Main Street is full of merchant houses, differing in architecture.
After the civil war ends, the city slowly rebuilds and develops. Museum of Suzdal opens in 1923, it succeeds in collecting over 3.5 thousand items from closed monasteries, thus saving them. The city grows and obtains professional educational institutions. Suzdal makes its contribution to defending Russia from fascist invaders.
However, the city slowly returns its monuments and starts attracting tourists. In the middle of 20th century a new road is built between Suzdal and other large cities, which makes visiting the city more convenient. Most interesting and ancient exhibition items and monuments are finally restored. Tourist flow grows rapidly, and most of them arrive from abroad. Today tourist programme and excursions in Suzdal allow visitors to get a full view of ancient Russian city.