Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. View of Suzdal’ from the Kamenka River, 1912. Digital color rendering. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-04449 (58)
“View of Suzdal’ from the Kamenka River” is a photo of the town of Suzdal taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii in 1912. I was drawn to this photo not only because of it’s coloring, but the town itself looks like a place I would like to visit one day. Funny enough after googling Suzdal I discovered one of their main tourist attractions is the Cathedral of the Nativity, which if I am not mistaken is the cathedral on the cover of our textbook. Seeing this made me wonder more about this town.
Suzdal is east of Moscow and located on the Kamenka River as seen in the photograph. It is one of the oldest towns in Russia (1024) and was actually the capital of the principality in the 12th century, Moscow being one of its subordinates as it was not a very developed city yet. Over the centuries they had a pretty large decline in political importance, a lot of it having to do with the capitol being moved (Vladimir). In the 1860s merchants were attempting to get the Trans-Siberian Railway to be built through Suzdal. Unfortunately their plan failed and the railroad was built in the new capitol 20+ miles away. Today Suzdal is not the politically powerful city it was in the 1100s. It’s now one of the smallest towns in Russia with a population of less than 10,000, with its largest industry being tourism.
Regardless of how much this town had changed from the beginning, it seems to be an incredibly historic town that I definitely would like to see someday.
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