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Escorted Rail Tours to Vladimir

Capital of Russia for two centuries

Located approximately 115 miles (186 kilometres) northeast of Moscow, the city of Vladimir is one of Russia's oldest communities. Historians disagree on exactly when it was founded - with estimates ranging from 990 to 1108 - but what is certain is that Vladimir was the capital of ancient Russia for almost two centuries from 1157. The city is home to an array of award-winning museums, art galleries and theatres; a number of world-class performing groups, artists, and artisans, and several first-rate institutions of higher learning.

Uspensky Cathedral
Yet amongst all of these, Vladimir's most famous attraction is the magnificent Cathedral of the Assumption (or Uspensky Cathedral). The Cathedral of the Assumption was considered a mother church of medieval Russia, and for this it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally erected in 1158-1160, the immense five-domed cathedral was expanded between 1185 and 1189 to reflect the then increased prestige of Vladimir. Combining Russian, Gothic, and Neoclassical influences, it was the largest cathedral in all of Russia on its completion.

In 1239 Mongol forces ransacked the city of Vladimir, and razed many buildings to the ground. Surprisingly, the cathedral escaped unscathed. This means that almost all of the cathedral's original features have survived - including the ornate carvings on the exterior walls, and the 13th century interior paintings. Even after Vladimir lost some of its influence, the cathedral was still deemed to be so important that it served as a model for the eponymous cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin in the late 15th century.

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Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth of your luxurious carriage, enjoying sleigh rides and choirs, saunas and yurts en-route to Vladivostok. Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train for an unforgettable 8,000-mile winter adventure. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.

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