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“Small austere looking church”

Cathedral of Saint Demetrius
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“Small austere looking church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

This small cathedral sits almost next to its big brother the Assumption cathedral and therefore it sort of gets looked down upon. Although it looks very austere and simple, the exterior walls of the church are covered with elaborate carvings. It was built in the 12th century.The fretworks depicts various Russian princes and their activities.As one would expect, the lower fretworks are quite detailed and precise compared to those on the upper level.The interior of the cathedral is rather simple as this Cathedral was built as a private chapel rather than for the public to admire the interior.

Visited June 2013
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“beautiful exterior”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Definitely have a walk around and view the exterior of this building. It is different from others we have seen throughout Russia. It is whitewashed inside so do not bother going in.
Nearby is a lookout so you can pop by there too.

Visited May 2013
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Vladivostok, Primor'ye, Russia
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“Great Council of Russia!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Find Vladimir Sobolev easily, is in the central part of the city in a beautiful park, which is located on a hill, and there is a good view of the river. This is a unique, very old and rare for Russian cathedral! Demetrius Cathedral in Vladimir - court temple, built by Vsevolod the Big Nest in the prince's court, and was consecrated in honor of the martyr Demetrius. It was built in 1191-1197 years. Outside gorgeous moldings, inside the church no icons and paintings, it is very unusual for the Orthodox Church. Church services are not held inside - it's a museum, photography is prohibited. If you want to see the bright side of the Russian soul - this is for you!

Visited June 2012
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“Along with the main attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

There are not so much to see in Vladimir so it is most likely you are not to miss the Cathedral. Inside the cathedral is beautiful and frequently visited by the local.

Visited January 2012
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