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St. Demetrius's Cathedral, Vladimir

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Vsevolod III. It was erected in honor of the birth of Vsevolod's son Dmitri. The cathedral is built of white-stoned blocks. Outside it has a refined, truly imperial decor of fifteen hundred carved stones. The temple seems to be covered with the finest lace. The carved pattern adheres to one idea: glorification of the beauty and perfection of the universe created according to the laws of harmony. The central figure of the carved ornament is Tsar David seated on the throne surrounded by animals, birds, plants, fantastic beasts, saints and horsemen. He blesses every living thing on earth. The facades are ornate with figures of lions, eagles, swans, ounces and deer. There are as well some fairy-tale personages and characters of pagan myths. At the end of the 12th century the cathedral was embellished with murals. Eminent Russian and Greek masters were involved in painting. The frescoes have survived but in a fragmentary state.

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Vladimir is a very old Russian city and one the Russia Golden Ring cities. The city situated on the high bank of the Klyazma river amazes with its size and beauty, magnificent golden-domed churches and buildings. A huge number of the architectural mo

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