Poetry in Stone: The Cathedral of St. Dmitry in Vladimir; William Brumfield; Russia Beyond The Headlines

Russia – White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal

The cathedral’s carvings survived centuries of war and weather.

At the beginning of the 20th century the Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky invented a complex process for vivid, detailed color photography (see box text below). His vision of photography as a form of education and enlightenment was demonstrated with special clarity through his photographs of medieval architecture in historic settlements northeast of Moscow such as Suzdal and Vladimir, which he visited in the summer of 1911 My own visits occurred over a period of decades from 1972 to 2009.

The fortress of Vladimir was established in 1108 on the Klyazma River by Vladimir Monomakh, who ruled as Grand Prince in Kiev from 1113 to 1125.

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