Filming in Vladimir and Suzdal – cities that look like a fairy tale

Filming in Vladimir and Suzdal is totally great! The two cities located very close to each other, both are part of the Golden Ring of Russian cities, at some 180km east from Moscow and 800 km southeast from Saint-Petersburg.
Vladimir Province is known mainly for its ancient Russian religious architecture. Both Vladimir and Suzdal look at times like an illustration to a fairy tale: you can find here narrow paved streets with two- or three-storied buildings and white-stoned churches, bathing in greenery during spring and summer. And more than that, Suzdal is one of the few Russian towns
untouched by the industrial revolution, and thus perfect for filming on historical subjects.
Our fixers can help you in getting filming permits for the so-called White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, a complex of white-stone churches and monasteries situated in the Vladimir region. One of these monuments is the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir, a five-domed temple with frescoes made by the greatest Russian iconographers, Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny.
Another monument worth filming is the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, a small temple standing picturesquely in the middle of a field. It rightfully can be called a symbol of medieval Russia.

The Suzdal Kremlin is also a fascinating site to film as it is the oldest part of
Suzdal. The Cathedral of the Nativity, a majestic five-domed temple decorated with frescoes from the inside, is part of the architectural ensemble of the Suzdal Kremlin.

Vladimir and Suzdal - two great cities for filming on the Golden Ring

Other great locations for filming in Vladimir and Suzdal:

  • The Golden Gate of Vladimir: a big city gate hosting a history museum
  • Cathedral of Saint Demetrius in Vladimir: a white-stone one-dome cathedral decorated with carved in stone images
  • The Monastery of Saint Euthymius in Suzdal: it has had a peculiar history, as it served as an NKVD (KGB) filtration camp during the II World War; nowadays open for visitors in the form of a museum
  • The Church of Boris and Gleb in Kideksha: a white-stone one-domed little temple
  • The Castle of Andrew the Pious in Bogolyubovo is an example of medieval Russian secular architecture, an actual castle where Prince Andrey lived; today the only remaining parts from the ancient ensemble are the stair tower and arched passage

A panoramic view of the city opens from the red-brick water tower built in the early XX c. The three-storied neo-Russian style building is richly decorated itself and is definitely a monument of engineering art. Unfortunately, the tower fell into disuse quickly since a more convenient method of water supply was found.
Another key location in the Vladimir region is the Central Prison of Vladimir, the biggest prison in Russia. It was established in the late XVIII c. and still is functioning. Throughout its existence, the prison held ‘particularly dangerous’ political criminals. Today a part of prison premises is open for tourists. FilmSPbTV can provide you permits for filming in this gloomy yet intriguing place. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.