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Suzdal is a
wonderful ancient town with fantastic architectural monuments from
its vibrant past. Suzdal takes the crown with regard to 'fairy tale'
town. Suzdal feels like you entered part of the Dr Zhivargo movie
set. This small town is often what people think they are going to
see all over Russia - and don't.
During the time of the Soviet Union, nearly all of Suzdal's economy was planned around its tourist potential. As a result, very few modern buildings were constructed in Suzdal (by law there are no structures more than 2 stories high except cathedrals). Also, a number of wooden structures from other parts of Russia were transported here, and the whole city was converted into an 'open-air museum'. Unfortunately, Suzdal's dependence on tourism also meant its economy nearly came to a standstill when tourists stopped coming after the fall of the USSR. The town's tourist trade has been revitalised, mostly due to an influx of Russian tourists from Moscow and elsewhere.
Suzdal retains a rustic atmosphere. You will not find any McDonalds restaurants or Western chain shops here. Expanded history notes
|Ancient food storage from floods||Wooden building museum|
|Bell Tower||Bell ringer|
Rich church interiors and beautiful choral singing
|Imposing Walls Monastery of St. Euthymius||Wooden Church in Museum|
|Museum attendant||Street corner in town|
|Shopping in Suzdal
The most popular souvenirs to
pick up in Suzdal are bottles of the local honey mead medovukha as
well as the usual local Russian crafts such as birch wood items,
Russian dolls and Russian winter felt boots called valenki. Small
souvenir markets can be found in front of every tourist sight in the