Yuriev Polsky in the Vladimir region

Yuryev Polsky

Yuriev Polsky is a small old town in the Vladimir region, through which the routes of the Golden Ring of Russia pass. It stands apart from major tourist centers, on the banks of the Koloksha River. Yuriev Polsky is different from other Old Russian towns because it has no natural fortifications. There are no impassable forests, swamps or large hills around it, and Koloksha has low banks.

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The city of Yuryev Polsky appeared in 1152, only 5 years later than Moscow, at the crossroads of the trade routes that connected Vladimir, Rostov the Great, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Suzdal. It grew rapidly, but with the rise of Moscow its position changed. Yuriev Polsky ceased to play a significant role and turned into a small out-of-town town.

Nowadays, Yuriev Polsky is quite popular with lovers of the Russian province. Most travelers come here to see one of the best monuments of pre-Mongolian architecture – the majestic St. George’s Cathedral. Built in the XIII century the temple is almost entirely covered with white-stone lace. Tourists try to make out the carved image of an elephant on it. It is believed that the one who finds the figure of an elephant will be accompanied by good luck.

In addition to the ancient cathedral, in the city there is St. Michael’s Monastery, several old temples and civilian buildings of the XIX century. On the territory of the monastery there is a large museum, devoted to the history of Vladimir’s domain and the Russian art of the XVI-XIX centuries.

Yuriev Polsky has a population of about 19 thousand people. It has a simple, rectangular layout, is not large, and it is convenient to move around on foot. Of public transport on the streets run only shuttle buses. The center of the city is considered Sovetskaya Square. There are many small stores and cafes and snack bars there. Outside the square are the Market Rows and St. Michael and Archangel monastery, and behind it rises the famous St. George’s Cathedral.

As souvenirs from Yuriev Polsky take black-clothed pottery, products with views of ancient temples and birch bark charters. You can buy the things you like in the Trading and souvenir shops around Sovetskaya Square.

1st of May street. Market Rows

History of Yuriev Polsky.

Since ancient times, the inhabitants of Vladimir Opolye were engaged in agriculture. The fertile lands in the valley of Koloksha allowed them to grow grain and graze livestock. According to one of the versions, active farming and large pastures were the reasons of the appearance of vast forest-steppes here.

In 1152 by the will of Prince Yury Dolgoruky of Moscow a fortress was founded on the crossroads of trade. It was named after Prince Yuri and the place was on a field, though at first the city was called “Gurgev” or “Gergev”. Yuriev Polsky grew rapidly and by the beginning of the XIII century became the center of a small principality.

In 1238 Russia was attacked by Mongol armies, and the city was severely devastated. The warlike nomads raided and devastated the Russian lands several more times. Great damage to the city was caused by the invasions of the khans Tokhtamysh (1382) and Yedigei (1408). In XIV century Moscow was chosen as the capital of the princely lands, and the role of Yuriev-Polskiy diminished considerably. For a long time it did not develop, and became a quiet county town.

In 1968, the city streets were filmed one of the episodes of the movie “Golden Calf” – a film version of the novel of the same name by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov. Old pre-revolutionary buildings and shopping malls served as the setting for the Arbatov city the writers invented. After a while, “Golden Calf” became one of the tourist brands of Yuriev Polsky, and today this name is a popular tourist cafe.

A monument to the founder of the city, Yuri Dolgoruky

St. George Cathedral

On May 1 Street, 100 meters from the city center is the white-stone St. George Cathedral. The first temple in this place was founded during the reign of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. It lasted only half a century, and, according to chronicles, was destroyed during a major earthquake. When this happened, Prince Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich ordered to take apart the stone ruins and build a new cathedral.

The St. George’s Cathedral was erected in 1234. It was notable for the rich white stone carving. Its walls were covered with the images of animals, birds and Christian saints. Together with ornaments they formed pictures, connected with a general plot.

By the mid-15th century St. George’s Cathedral had become dilapidated and partially collapsed. Grand Duke Ivan III of Moscow, learning about this, ordered the immediate restoration of the shrine. The famous Moscow architect Yermolin undertook the restoration of the temple. There were no stone quarries near Yuriev Polsky, so the builders had to build the collapsed walls of old stones. The temple was lower, but much more solid. The border between new and old masonry is clearly visible today. Stones, erected in XV century, went diagonally from the top down, from the northwest corner of the building.

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In the XVII century, a hipped bell tower was erected near the cathedral. Then it was replaced by a four-tiered one. And in the XIX century near the cathedral appeared a warm church of the Exaltation of the Cross. Later there were several restorations of St. George’s Cathedral, during which the bell tower and late church additions were dismantled.

The single-domed cathedral has a cubic quadrangle and three semicircular apses. A massive dome with a cross rests on a squat light drum. The northern portal is the best preserved of the others and looks magnificent. Earlier it faced the main square of Yuriev Polsky.

On the walls of the cathedral it is possible to see images of Christ, George the Victorious, saint warriors – patrons of the Vladimir princes, lions, a centaur, peacocks and intricate vegetative ornaments. Most of the carved white stone bas-reliefs form a single plot, but some are arranged separately. This discrepancy appeared after the restoration works of the 15th century. Medieval builders used stones from a collapsed building and some of them were placed in an arbitrary order.

The carved elephant is to be found on the northern facade. It is above a column topped with a woman’s head. To see the elephant it is advisable to move a little away from the cathedral so that it is not obscured by the lower bas-reliefs.

Where did the image of the elephant in Yuriev Polsky come from? The carvers who worked in ancient Russia could only see it on the pages of manuscripts. If you look closely, the St. George’s Cathedral depicts not an elephant, but a mythological animal. Its trunk and tusks are elephantine, its ears are hare’s, and its limbs are bird’s.

These days services are seldom held in the temple. The rest of the time it is open to tourists as a museum. Inside, samples of ancient Russian white stone carvings are on display. There is also a “Svyatoslav’s Cross”, which was made by order of the ancestor of Yuryev princes, Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich (1196-1252).

The Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel

To the north of St. George’s Cathedral, closer to the center of Yuriev Polsky, stretches the territory of the male monastery. The buildings of St. Michael the Archangel Monastery are situated in the ring of powerful earth ramparts and fortress walls, so they externally resemble a Kremlin. The monastery was founded in the XIII century by the son of Vsevolod the Big Nest, Prince Svyatoslav. Originally its churches and cells were wooden, and when Mongol armies attacked Russia, they easily burned the monastery.

Yuriev Polsky experienced more than one invasion by the hordes, so for about two centuries the monastery did not even try to be restored. Changes came only in the 16th century, when instead of a wooden palisade they built a stone wall and towers. The first stone temple appeared there in 1560. It was built for the money of Prince Ivan Mikhailovich Kubensky. We don’t know what this church looked like, because it hasn’t survived.

Michael the Archangel monastery was considered to be rich. She received a lot of gifts from Prince Dmitry Mikhailovich Pozharsky, whose fiefdom was located near Yuriev Polsky, in the village of Bolsheluluchinskoye.

Today the monastery is a beautiful architectural ensemble, consisting of buildings of XVII-XVIII centuries. It has a small but very well-maintained territory, which hosts expositions of local history and art museum. At the same time, a monastic community lives here, and regular church services are held in the temples. Near the monastery is a monument to the founder of Yuriev Polsky – Prince Yuri Dolgoruky.

The central place in the monastery is occupied by the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel. Five-domed church was built at the turn of the XVIII-XIX centuries for the money collected by the inhabitants of Yuriev Polsky. The cathedral is richly decorated with rustication, cornices and carved friezes. An icon of the Archangel Michael, which, together with soldiers of the 5th Vladimir militia regiment, walked the roads of the Patriotic War of 1812-1814, is kept here.

To the northwest of the cathedral rises a beautiful tiered bell tower of the XVIII century. The slender octahedral building is decorated on all sides with carved ornaments, and there are three rows of “dormers” on top of the tent.

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To the south of the cathedral stands the Church of the Sign, which appeared in 1625. The low one-domed church has a spacious refectory. Its first floor is used for the household purposes, and the covered passages lead to the archimandrite and brotherhood buildings.

The monastery territory is bounded from the west by a section of the fortress wall with towers. These fortifications were built in the middle of the 16th century. St. John the Theologian church built in 1670 rises above the gate leading to the monastery. The five-domed church has a wide cornice and architecturally echoes the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel.

Near the bell tower, you can see a small chapel and the Church of St. George the Victorious, brought here from the village of Egorius. They were built in the early 18th century for the St. George Monastery and moved to Yuriev Polsky in 1968. The chapel and the church are fine examples of Russian wooden architecture. They are very beautiful and organically fit into the architectural ensemble of the monastery.

Museums of Yuriev Polsky

Museum expositions occupy the buildings of St. Michael the Archangel Monastery, on May 1, 4. The main section of the museum is devoted to the history of the peasantry and agriculture in the Vladimir region. Collected here objects allow you to get acquainted with the customs and traditions of the inhabitants of Yuriev Polsky, starting from ancient times. In the showcases you can see the jewelry found by archaeologists, chain mail, a fragment of a mica window and petrified rye from the 11th century. In the halls you can see a collection of barn locks, a Russian stove and interiors of peasant dwellings.

One of the museum’s sections tells about the life of the Russian commander Pyotr Bagration. Its central place is occupied by the carriage in which Bagration, seriously wounded after the Battle of Borodino, was brought to the village of Sima near Yurievo-Polskoye. Here he died and was buried in the family vault of Princes Golitsyn.

In the arch under the passage that connects the Znamensky church and the archimandrite building there is an exhibition of carved casings. Beautiful wooden cases were brought to the museum from the villages and hamlets near Yuriev Polsky. Skilful products of local craftsmen hang also on the walls of the church and brotherhood building.

On the second floor of the archimandrite building there is an exhibition, introducing visitors to the history of weaving manufacture in Yuriev Polsky. Here you can see beautiful tiled stoves, spindles, spinners, samples of printed fabrics and sewing machines. And the interiors are decorated with modern tapestries, made by the masters of the weaving factory “Avangard”.

One of the museum’s expositions is located in a high hipped bell tower. On the first floor of the building a monastic cell is shown. On the second floor is an exposition devoted to bell ringing, and even higher is an excellent observation deck. Tourists climb it to admire the monastery and the central streets of Yuryev Polsky. At the entrance of the bell tower has a small door, the height of which is only 2/3 of the average height of a person. Only small children can pass through it without bending down.

If you go up to the second floor of John the Evangelist church, you can see an art exhibition. There are icons from the 16th-19th centuries, paintings by the Forward-Builders and a collection of old porcelain. Most of the porcelain came to the museum from the Golitsyns’ family estate. The most interesting exhibits are the original floor vases.

The museum is open for visitors every day except Tuesday. On Mondays it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on other days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keep in mind that the box office closes one hour earlier.

Old Shrines

Not far from the monastery there is a temple complex, which consists of two churches – Pokrovskaya and Nikitskaya. The first was built in 1769, and the second – in 1799. The snow-white five-domed Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God is adjoined by a four-tiered bell tower – the highest building in Yuriev Polsky. Through it the faithful get inside the Church of the Intercession.

The one-domed Nikitskaya Church is small in size. It was erected in the traditions of classicism and is decorated on four sides with triangular pediments and snow-white columns. The walls of the church are painted in contrasting colors of brick and white. The temple complex is surrounded by a beautiful forged fence and looks very harmoniously.

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In Avangardny Lane, 6, there is a snow-white Church of the Nativity. It was built in the XVIII century on the site of a dilapidated wooden church. The cold church is notable for its six domes. In the 1930s, it, like most churches of Yuriev Polsky, was closed, and the premises were used for printing machines and equipment of the dairy. Then the church was restored, and now it is active.

Where to stay

Most travelers come to Yuriev Polsky on day trips. But those who want to stay here longer, can stay in one of the city hotels. All of them are located in the city center and provide approximately the same set of services.

The hotel at Promsvyaz plant accommodates not only business travelers (Zavodskaya St., 1A). On weekends a lot of tourists stay here. There is no cafe or dining room, but there are microwave oven, kettle, stove and dishes for cooking.

There is a small hotel “Pokrovskaya” in Vladimirskaya street, 22. Breakfasts are included, and suites have separate kitchenettes with microwaves, crockery and kettles.

The hotel “Yurievskaya” stands on Sovetskaya Square. Its guests not only get rooms, but also breakfasts. It’s convenient that a popular cafe “Golden Calf” is located right next to the hotel.

Mini-hotel “Zhemchuzhina” is probably the most inexpensive in Yuriev Polsky. It offers travelers four neat rooms. The hotel is located on Shibankova Street, 72, just a 5-minute walk from the city center.

How to get there

Yuriev Polsky is located in the northwest of the Vladimir region, 180 km from Moscow. The closest international airport is in Ivanovo. The way by car from Moscow to Yuriev Polsky takes about 3 hours and goes through Kirzhach and Kolchugino via A-105.

The railway station is located 1.5 km to the south of the city center. A branch from Aleksandrov to Ivanovo runs through it, on which several long-distance trains and two electric trains run daily. From Moscow to Yuryev Polsky for 4.15-4.50 hours you can reach by trains to Kineshma and Ivanovo.

Near the railway station there is a town bus station. Here come buses from Vladimir, Alexandrov, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Moscow. From the metropolitan bus station, which is located near the metro station “Schelkovskaya”, there are 3-4 buses to Yuriev Polsky every day. The road to the city takes 4 hours.


You can ask questions personally to the head of the village or the administration of the settlement via the Internet reception site, or by e-mail (yp_gorod@mail.ru), our other contacts, the order of reception of citizens, CMU Yuriev Polsky. We hope that the site will provide you with access to all the necessary information.

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Alexander Yurievich

Administration of the Municipality of Yuryev-Polsky Address of CMU Yuryev-Polsky: Yuryev-Polsky, 33 Shibankova St., room 11 Working hours: Monday – Thursday from 8-00 to 16-12; Friday non-acceptable day.

Lunch break: from 12-00 to 13-00; Weekends: Saturday, Sunday.

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Classification of information products

Chapter 2 Classification of Information Products

Article 6: Classification of Information Products

Information about changes:

Federal Law N 139-FZ of July 28, 2012 amended Part 1 of Article 6 of this Federal Law

1. Classification of information products is performed by their producers and (or) distributors independently (including with the participation of an expert, experts and (or) expert organizations meeting the requirements of Article 17 of this Federal Law) prior to the circulation in the Russian Federation.

2. When conducting research for the purpose of classification of information products, the assessment shall be subject to:

1) its subject matter, genre, content and artistic design;

2) peculiarities of perception of the information contained therein by children of a certain age category;

3) probability of harm to children’s health and (or) development caused by the information contained therein.

Information about changes:

Federal law of July 28, 2012 N 139-FZ amended Part 3 of Article 6 of this Federal Law

3. Classification of information products shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of this Federal Law by the following categories of information products:

1) information products for children under the age of six years;

2) information products for children who have reached the age of six years;

3) information products for children who have reached the age of twelve years;

4) informational products for children who have reached the age of sixteen;

5) informational products prohibited for children (informational products containing information provided for in Article 5(2) of this Federal Law).


On determining the age limit of the main television program, taking into account the content of the “ticker” messages, see information from Roskomnadzor of January 22, 2013.

Information about changes:

By Federal Law N 185-FZ of July 2, 2013, Part 4 of Article 6 of this Federal Law is set forth in a new version, effective from September 1, 2013.

4. Classification of information products designed and (or) used for the training and education of children in organizations which carry out educational activities to implement basic general education programs, educational programs of secondary vocational education, additional general education programs shall be carried out in accordance with this Federal Law and the legislation on education.

Information about changes:

Federal law of July 28, 2012 N 139-FZ amended Part 5 of Article 6 of this Federal Law

5. Classification of films is carried out in accordance with the requirements of this Federal Law and the legislation of the Russian Federation on state support of cinematography.

Information about changes:

Federal law of July 28, 2012 N 139-FZ amended Part 6 of Article 6 of this Federal Law

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6. Information obtained as a result of classification of information products shall be indicated by its producer or distributor in the accompanying documents for information products and shall be the basis for placing the mark of information products on it and for its circulation in the Russian Federation.

Article 7: Information products for children under six years of age

Information production containing information not injurious to the health and/or development of children (including information production containing occasional non-naturalistic portrayal or description of physical and/or mental violence (except for sexual violence) justified by its genre and/or subject matter, under the condition that good will triumph over evil and express compassion for the victim of violence and/or condemnation of violence) may be considered as information production for children under six years of age.

Article 8: Information products for children over six years of age

Information products for children over six years of age may be classified as information products stipulated by Article 7 of this Federal Law, as well as information products containing justified by its genre and (or) subject matter:

1) brief and non-naturalistic depictions or descriptions of human diseases (except for serious illnesses) and (or) their consequences in a form that is not degrading to human dignity;

2) non-naturalistic depiction or description of an accident, accident, catastrophe or non-violent death without demonstration of their consequences, which may cause fear, horror or panic in children;

3) episodic images or descriptions of anti-social actions and (or) crimes, not inciting to commit anti-social actions and (or) crimes, provided that their admissibility is not substantiated or justified and a negative, condemning attitude to the persons committing them is expressed.

Article 9: Information products for children who have reached the age of twelve years

Information products for children over the age of twelve may be included in the circulation of information products stipulated by Article 8 of this Federal Law, as well as information products containing justified by its genre and (or) subject matter:

1) episodic depiction or description of cruelty and (or) violence (except for sexual violence) without naturalistic demonstration of the process of taking life or maiming, provided that compassion for the victim and (or) a negative, condemning attitude towards cruelty, violence (except for violence used in cases of protection of rights of citizens and legally protected interests of society or state) is expressed

2) depiction or description not encouraging to commit antisocial actions (including the consumption of alcohol and alcohol-containing products, beer and beverages made on its basis, participation in gambling, vagrancy or begging), occasional mention (without demonstration) of narcotic drugs psychotropic and (or) intoxicating substances and tobacco products, provided there is no substantiation and justification of the permissibility of anti-social actions, a negative, condemning attitude to them and an indication of the danger of consumption of these products, means, substances and products;

3) episodic non-naturalistic depictions or descriptions of sexual relations between a man and a woman that do not exploit an interest in sex and are not of an arousing or offensive nature, with the exception of depictions or descriptions of acts of a sexual nature.

Article 10. Information products for children who have reached the age of sixteen

Information products for children over the age of sixteen may be classified as information products stipulated by Article 9 of this Federal Law, as well as information products containing justified by its genre and (or) subject matter:

1) an image or description of an accident, accident, catastrophe, disease, death without a naturalistic demonstration of their consequences, which may cause fear, horror or panic in children;

2) depiction or description of cruelty and (or) violence (except for sexual violence) without naturalistic depiction of deprivation of life or maiming, provided that compassion for the victim and (or) negative, condemning attitude to cruelty, violence (except for violence used in cases of protection of rights of citizens and legally protected interests of society or state) is expressed;

3) information about narcotic drugs or psychotropic and (or) intoxicating substances (without their demonstration), about the dangerous consequences of their consumption with the demonstration of such cases, provided that a negative or condemning attitude to the consumption of such drugs or substances is expressed and an indication of the danger of their consumption is included;

4) separate swear words and (or) expressions, not related to foul language;

5) depictions or descriptions of sexual relations between a man and a woman that do not exploit an interest in sex and are not offensive, with the exception of depictions or descriptions of acts of a sexual nature.

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