The only industry in Suzdal is tourism. The town avoided the industrialisation of the Soviet times and was able to preserve a great number of stunning examples of the Russian architecture of the 13th-19th century.
There are 305 monuments and listed buildings in Suzdal, including 30 churches, 14 bell towers and 5 monasteries and convents. 79 of them are federally protected buildings and 167 are regionally protected.
Suzdal is located 220 km (136 mi) from Moscow. If you are a tourist traveling to Russia, there are plenty of options to get from Moscow to Suzdal. You can surf the net to find the one that suits you.
Google Maps screenshot to show the distance from Moscow to Suzdal.
Google Maps screenshot to show Moscow location in relation to some European countries.
On the first screenshot you can find some other towns and cities of the Golden Ring of Russia theme route: Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl-Zalessky, and Sergiev Posad. I’ve been to all of them several times, but this blog is just about Suzdal, Russia.
Suzdal is the smallest of the Russian Golden Ring towns with population of around 10,000, but is a major tourist attraction. Several of its monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Golden Ring of Russia is a theme route over a ring of cities northeast of Moscow. The idea of the route and the term were created in 1967 by Soviet historian and essayist Yuri Bychkov, who published in the newspaper “Sovetskaya Kultura” in November-December 1967 a series of essays on the cities under the heading “Golden Ring”.
Suzdal is a town and the administrative center of Suzdalsky District in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, located on the Kamenka River, 26 kilometers (16 miles) north of the city of Vladimir, the administrative center of the oblast.
Suzdal is one of the oldest Russian towns. In the 12th century it became the capital of the principality, with Moscow being merely one of its subordinate settlements.