Church of Boris and Gleb (year 1152) (Храм Бориса и Глеба, 1152)

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The Church of Boris and Gleb is a church built in 1152, on the orders of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, in Kideksha on the Nerl River, "where the encampment of Saint Boris had been" . It was probably part of the princely (wooden) palace complex, but was only used by Dolgorukii for a few years before he left to become Grand Prince of Kiev in 1155. The village, four kilometers east of Suzdal, was an important town before it was destroyed by the Mongols and declined in stature.

The church, built in limestone probably by architects from Galicia, is a four-piered, three-apse church. It is one of the oldest in the district and one of the few churches built by Dolgorukii that is still extant. It retains fragments of frescoes dating back to the twelfth century. In the medieval period it was the site of a monastery and was then a parish church. The building has been significantly altered over the centuries. It lost its original vaulting and dome (the current roof and small dome date to the seventeenth century) and the apses are thought to be half their original height (their tops too were lost with the roof); a porch was added in the nineteenth century.

The church is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site "White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal" along with the seven other medieval monuments located in Vladimir and its surroundings (The Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Preserve), and belongs to the monuments of the Golden Ring of Russia.

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Comments (11)

juncujuncu on August 14, 2009

nice shot...

Nadiа on August 14, 2009

juncujuncu, thanks)

B. Pejchinov on January 15, 2012

Very beautiful photo! Like! Greetings, Blagoj

Nadiа on February 23, 2012

Bolshoe Spasibo Yevgeni!!

PetrosGR on March 5, 2012


Nadiа on March 5, 2012

Many Thanks, Petros!! Glad You Liked ..

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on March 28, 2012

Very beautiful composition. Great shot.. LK.. Greetings.\İsmail

Nadiа on March 28, 2012

I'm Glad You Liked, My Friend İsmail, Thank You For Your Visit And Nice Words!!

Diane MP on May 29, 2012

Nadia, what is the wall in the back? I don't see it on the map, but maybe I just don't recognize it. It reminds me of a fort or monastery wall. L&F for this fascinating shot!

Diane MP on May 29, 2012

Oh, there it is! The placemark is just a little off and now I see where the church is. :D

Igor Nayda on March 22, 2013

Неожиданный взгляд!

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Photo taken in Kideksha, Vladimir Oblast, Russia, 601293

Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 20, 2009
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    by Nadiа
    • Camera: Nokia N73
    • Taken on 2008/08/17 08:39:38
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 5.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • No flash