church of the protection of the virgin
church of the protection of the virgin

Only a few Russian churches survived the Mongol yoke in anything like their original form. This little masterpiece is one of the simplest, yet most perfect medieval churches in all of Russia—the Church of the Protection of the Virgin, on a picturesque bend of the River Nerl, near Vladimir. It was built in the late 12th century, when the mother icon of Russia had already become the protector of the new northern capital, Vladimir.



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