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The Golden Gate of Vladimir
November 29, 2015 10:13


The Golden Gate of Vladimir, a precious monument of ancient architecture, not only remains a material symbol of an entire era. This white stone portal opens a kind of a space and time tunnel leading from the modern city to Vladimir of Andrei Bogolyubskiy, and from there, via Kiev and Constantinople, back to history, to Jerusalem and Rome.

The Golden Gate is located almost in the centre of modern Vladimir and looks already in a familiar way: the gate with turrets at the corners and a church on top. But the Golden Gate is not an ordinary fortified building. Firstly, the title refers to the Christian symbolism. The Golden Gate of Jerusalem where the Messiah enters was mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy. It is also a symbol of the immaculate conception: the future father of the Virgin Mary Joachim met his wife Anna and learned that they would have a baby near these gates leading to the cathedral. And Jesus Christ came to Jerusalem through this gate.

The Golden Gate in Constantinople is connected with the symbolism of the Roman tradition of triumphal arches, and Kiev followed Constantinople. The arch of the Golden Gate has seen Aleksandr Nevsky, Mikhail Tverskoy and Dmitri Donskoi – the Great Princes of Vladimir officially acceded to the throne in the city for four hundred years. Russian metropolitans who moved to Vladimir from Kiev in 1299 entered the Golden Gate after the admission of the Patriarch in Constantinople.

Today cars go around the white stone arch, and the triumphal entry can be repeated by every tourist. The view of the Golden Gate is the most beautiful at sunset when the sun stain the white stone and at night when the bustling life of the modern city is far away. Of course, the Gate is illuminated at night.

The top ground of the Golden Gate houses a small collection of weapons from different eras and a small but spectacular artistic attraction - the diorama depicting the assault of Vladimir by the Mongol armies in 1238. The image, layout, light, and sound were made by the same Yefim Deshalyt to whom we owe the diorama “The Battle of Maloyaroslavets”.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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