Vladimir is the most beautiful city of the Golden Ring of Russia. It was named after the famous ancient prince. This city was established in the 12th century. It is located on the high hills that overlook the picturesque river Klyazma and the wooded surroundings — legendary Meshchyora. In Vladimir, there are the greatest examples of the architecture of that period: the white-stone Cathedral of Assumption, where you can see the fragments of wall painting created by the most outstanding iconographer of Ancient Rus’ Andrei Rublev, and massive St. Dimitriy's Cathedral highly decorated with stone images. The scale and the pretentious grandeur of the architectural complex indicate that, in the 12th century, Vladimir played the key role of the capital of the large principality that served as the cradle of Moscow and dozens of other cities. The Golden Gate reminds of the strong medieval fortress that got in the way of the Mongolian and Turkish horde. The invaders failed to break the gate and managed to enter the city only four days after. To do that, they had to destroy the walls. Inside the Golden Gate, you can see the diorama depicting the defence of Vladimir in February 1238. The citizens of Vladimir are very proud of unusual museums established there. They include the exhibition “Ancient Vadimir” located in the four-storey building of the old water tower, the museum of spoons possessing more than 15 thousand exhibits from all over the world, the folk museum dedicated to Baba Yaga and many others. Walking around the city and visiting its museums and monuments, you will make a lot of fascinating and surprising discoveries.