The Church of Boris and Gleb is a church built in 1152, on the orders of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, in Kideksha on the Nerl River, "where the encampment of Saint Boris had been". It was probably part of the princely (wooden) palace complex, but was only used by Dolgorukii for a few years before he left to become Grand Prince of Kiev in 1155. The village, four kilometers east of Suzdal, was an important town before it was destroyed by the Mongols and declined in stature.
The church, built in limestone probably by architects from Galicia, is a four-piered, three-apse church. It is one of the oldest in the district and one of the few churches built by Dolgorukii that is still extant. It retains fragments of frescoes dating back to the twelfth century. In the medieval period it was the site of a monastery and was then a parish church. The building has been significantly altered over the centuries. It lost its original vaulting and dome (the current roof and small dome date to the seventeenth century) and the apses are thought to be half their original height (their tops too were lost with the roof); a porch was added in the nineteenth century.
Suzdal guide | Mar 21, 2018
The most ancient chirch in this area, built in 1152. Nice museum inside with frescues of 12th century. Ticket costs 100 RUB.
Yoshi Nakanishi | May 28, 2017
Very old church (built 1152) and UNESCO world heritage site. Not too many visitors, yet. Very interesting.
Sa Pr | Apr 27, 2017
Almost 1000 years old, this church is a great historic building.
Konovalov Roman | Jul 28, 2017
Very interesting old place!
Ирина Вс | Jul 10, 2015
Must see :)
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