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Legends Of The City Of Vladimir
November 16, 2015 11:31

When the Prince Andrei realized that the struggle for the throne of Kiev would not bring any results, he left the South Russian Vyshgorod given to him by his father and went to Rostov. Andrei took the icon of the Holy Virgin that was later called Vladimirskaya. The Prince’s horses stopped near the village of Bogolyubovo, and Andrei saw the Mother of God who appeared and said that the place was chosen by her. Then the Prince moved his residence here. Vladimir became the new capital.

The miraculous icon that has become revered as one of the greatest shrines of Russia was placed in the cathedral of the city, and, according to legend, it has repeatedly saved the Orthodox people from various troubles and misfortunes. The opening of the Golden Gate was scheduled for the day of celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. However, the gate wings were not completely fixed, so they fell and pressed twelve people. Then Prince Andrei prayed ardently to the Mother of God, begging her to rescue the victims of Vladimir. And a miracle happened. When the gates were lifted, it turned out that all of the people remained alive and unharmed.

In 1108 Vladimir Monomakh built a powerful fortress protected by the steep banks of the Klyazma River from the south and by the Lybid River from the north. Deep ravines were dug in the east and in the west. The fortress was named after its founder - Vladimir. His son Yuri Dolgoruky founded Moscow, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Kideksha, Dmitrov, Yuryev-Polsky. Andrei Bogolyubskiy moved the capital of the North-Eastern Russia to Vladimir. During the Mongol invasion Vladimir region was ruined. Vladimir has been the capital of the ancient Russian state for more than 250 years. Until 1432 princes had been crowned to the great reign in the Vladimir Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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