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Vladimir in late spring: let's take a walk in the Patriarch's garden :)

Happy Saturday everybody! Are you enjoying your weekend?
This post is absolutely off the topic of translation. Last weekend my mother, my daughter Delia and I went to our favourite park in the city. Vladimir is beautiful in late spring, and this park is so very special!
It is called "Patriarch's garden" (Патриарший сад). It has been known since the 16th century. Some legends say that it has existed since the days of Pince Andrey Bogolyubsky (12th century), but there's not enough evidence of that. In the 16th century a cherry orchard was planted here and the Russian Orthodox elite came here to enjoy the cherries and the beautiful views that the park offered. It was especially popular in the 19th century.
Unfortunately, after the revolution of 1917 the park was virtually destroyed. In 1948, after the war it was renamed into the "Garden of 16 republics" (Сад 16 республик). School children helped the adults to take care of it. They planted the trees again, but they decided not to limit themselves to just cherry trees. In fact, they managed to grow a whole variety of vegetables, fruit trees and other plants that grow in all parts of the former Soviet Union, including the far away South.
Now the park is gaining back its popularity both among the local residents and among tourists. And it totally deserves all the attention :)
Here are some pictures. Hope you enjoy them.


roses

irises

view of the park

Mom showing something interesting to Delia

This is the oldest tree in Vladimir. It's several centuries old.


View of the city from the park

That's the view of the city observation platform near the Assumption Cathedral
You can see the full album in my Google + profile. Click here to see Baba Yaga's hut and more interesting pics ;)




Those of you who speak Russian can read more info about Patriarch's Garden here:
Линия жизни
Прогулка по Патриаршему саду 

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