Suzdal is situated 30 km from Vladimir. The name of Suzdal appeared in the annals for the first time in 1024, but excavations have shown that the first settlement was here in the 10th century. The first stone church was built here in the 12th century. Suzdal is a town museum of the 13th–19th centuries, containing 33 churches, 5 monasteries, 7 chapels and… no any modern constructions in the center of the town.
Among the numerous places of interest in the town is the Monastery of Lament of Christ (Spaso-Efimievsky Monastery), dating back to the 16th century. Its Holy Gate is one of the finest treasures of the 17thcentury Suzdal architecture; its walls with 12 mighty towers and the length over 1 kilometer give it the air of a fortress. The most outstanding building within the walls is the Transfiguration Cathedral with its five domes and fine murals (1594).