old russian towns

Konstantin Gorbatov - The drown town

Kitezh grad, legendary city, drown in the lake Svetloyar during Batu’s invasion of Russia. According to the legend, popular among old-belivers, only a person with sincere heart and pure soul can find the way to Kitezh.
The image of Kitezh is rather popular in Russian culture - the best known example is Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous opera “The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya”.


Traveling around Russia. 

I took this pictures last weekend when visiting Suzdal - Old Russian Town situated about 200km North-East from Moscow.

The history of the town dates back to at least the year 1024. It is called Sursdalar or Sudrdala (the southern valley) in the Norse Sagas, which probably also is the origin of the town’s name. For centuries it functioned as the capital of several Russian principalities. It forms part of the Golden Ring. It was chartered in 1777.

(WIKI) : After a decline in political importance, the town rose in prominence as a religious center with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, forty churches for four hundred families. Today, the town operates as an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture—most of them churches and monasteries. Walking through the town, one might get the feeling that every third building is a church. Although having over ten thousand residents, Suzdal still retains a rural look with streams and meadows everywhere and chicken and livestock a common sight on the streets, some of which remain unpaved. This juxtaposition of stunning medieval architecture with its pastoral setting lends Suzdal a picturesque charm and in the summer artists and easels are a common sight.