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Suzdal (Су́здаль) is a town in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, northeast of Moscow. It stands 26 km from the city of Vladimir, on the river Kamenka.

The history of the town dates back to at least the year 1024. For centuries it functioned as the capital of several Russian principalities. It forms part of The Golden Ring.

After a decline in political importance, the town rose in importance as a religious center with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, forty churches for four hundred families. Today, the town operates as an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture — most of them churches and monasteries. Walking through the town one might get the feeling that every third building is a church. Although having over ten thousand residents, Suzdal retains the look and feel of a small village with streams and meadows everywhere nearby, and chicken and livestock a common site on the city streets, some of which are unpaved. This juxtaposition of stunning medieval architecture with its pastoral setting lends Suzdal a picturesque charm, and in the summer artists and easels are a common sight.

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