It was founded by the Prince Boris Konstantinovichin, Grand Prince of Suzdal & Nizny Novgorod in 1352 as a fortress to protect the town from enemies. Initially it was wooden but it was burnt in the 17th Century during the Polish invasion. Later stone walls 1160 meters long with 12 towers were constructed. The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour is the heart building of the Monastery. Its interior contains frescoes dating back to 1689. The impressive Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral and equally impressive cathedral frescoes, the unique 16th century Uspenskaya Church and the 16th-17th century Zvonnitsa belltower is a masterpiece of Suzdal architecture.It was one of the five largest monasteries in Russia. It became a prison for political dissidents for both the Tsars and the Soviets. Because it is surrounded by high red walls, the monastery often used by film-makers to represent the Moscow Kremlin.
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