The Dmitriyevsky Cathedral is one of the most beautiful monuments of Russian Middle Ages. It was erected in the 1190s as the palace temple of Vsevolod the Big Nest, great prince of Vladimir.
The cathedral is widely famous for its white-stone carvings - its walls are decorated with about 600 reliefs depicting saints, real and mythic animals. Most reliefs are preserved in their original appearance, some were replaced during the restoration in the 19th century. In 1992 Dmitriyevsky Cathedral was included into the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List.