Bogoliubovo1 Bogoliubovo Monastery

Jon Ayres

Moscow, Russian Federation

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Bogoliubovo (1158 – 1165), a notable village in Russian history, is a spectacular settlement stretching out on high hills by the flood-lands of the Klyazma.

In the 12th century the erection of a new fortress and sumptuous residence of the Vladimir prince was undertaken here. By this construction Andrei Bogoliubsky endeavored to amplify the significance of Vladimir, the young capital, and to strengthen his authority over the mighty boyars of Rostov and Suzdal.

After the assassination of Andrei Bogoliubsky his cathedral on the Nerl and the palace were devastated. Considerable damage was incurred during the Tartar-Mongol invasion.
As far back as the 13th century the Bogoliubov Monastery was established in the abandoned and ramshackle castle. The legends of this place, relating of the Holy Virgin and the murder of Andrei Bogoliubsky who was canonized in 1702, attracted pilgrims. That gave the monastery the possibility to launch an erection of stone cells and to invite in 1855 the court architect K.A. Ton to design a cathedral dedicated to the Holy Virgin of Bogoliubovo. The huge five-domed cathedral and the 58 meter-high Assumption Church, erected in 1841 subdue the rest of the extant constructions of Andrei Bogoliubsky’s palace.

The monastery fence runs along the ancient castle wall which separated the palace territory from the area where lived the palace servants, menials, and artisans. The eye will discern the remains of the ancient ramparts on the top of which white-stone palace walls with battle tiers were mounted. Conforming to the tradition, from outside the bulwark was skirted by a moat filled with water.

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