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Dormition Cathedral

The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir is one of the monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th century built by grand prince Andrey Bogolyubsky (Andrew the Pious) in 1158-1160. It was the largest construction and the centre of an architectural ensemble of ancient Vladimir, that had become the centre of a powerful princedom fighting for domination on Russian soil in the 12th century. Historically, before Moscow took its prevailing position, the cathedral was the main temple of Russia. At its altar legendary commanders - Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy and also other princes of Vladimir and Moscow princes were crowned until the reign of Ivan III (1440-1505). The Dormition Cathedral was considered to be the finest building of ancient Russia; it was used as an example in the building of some other cathedrals including the Dormition cathedral in Moscow by Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti. In 1408 the cathedral was painted by Russian artist and icon painter Andrey Rublev. Currently, the icons of the Dormition Cathedral that he created, are stored in the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and the Russian museum (St. Petersburg). The cathedral is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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