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The City of Vladimir

Vladimir one of the oldest and most famous cities of Russia is the center of the Vladimir region. The city is located in the Central Region of Russia; 180 km east of Moscow, it is linked by rail and road. The city has the population of more than 370,000 people and covers the area of 11,145 hectares.

Vladimir has a millennial history; according to the latest data discovered by the historians and archaeologists, Vladimir was founded in 995. In the early part of Vladimir's history the city was the capital of Russia.

It was a political, cultural and religious center. It has developed a reputation for its unique cathedrals which date back to the 12th century and four of these buildings are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The City of Vladimir

Such prominent scientific-industrial centres as Nizhni-Novgorod, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl and Ryazan are situated not far from Vladimir. At one time a thriving economic center, over the last several years, Vladimir has experienced a decline in production, an increase in unemployment, and reduced living standards, which has encouraged the community to focus on increasing the number of tourists to this location.

Usually the Golden Ring tour buses come to Vladimir through the famous Golden Gate, stop on the main Sobornaya square to discharge their lot of tourists in main avenue. Vladimir is much more interesting to just walk around the main avenue, you can enjoy seeing how people live, take some side streets and stroll along quiet residential areas in the centrum and the outskirts of the city.

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