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The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolyubovo


Bogolyubovo ( ) is an urban-type settlement in Suzdalsky District, Vladimir Oblast, Russiamarker, located some north-east of Vladimirmarker. Population: 3,900 (1969).

Bogolyubovo was once the residence of the Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky. It was built between 1158 and 1165 by the order of Andrei Bogolyubsky at the mouth of the Nerl River (where it flows into the Klyazma River).Great Prince Andreispent 17 years of his reign in Bogolyubovo before he was murdered in 1174.



Russian Orthodox Christians believe that Bogolyubovo was founded on the spot where Andrei Bogolyubsky saw a miraculous vision of the Theotokos (meaning "God bearer", Virgin Mary). The Theotokos appeared to him in a dream-like vision holding a scroll in Her right hand, and commanded him to build a church and monastery on the place of the vision.On that spot, the Church of the Intercession on the Nerlmarker was built.It is on the World Heritage List ofUNESCOmarker since 1992.

Great Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky alsocommissioned an iconographer to paint the iconof the apparition of the Theotokos to him.This icon has been known as theBogolubskaya Icon of the Theotokos.

After Prince Andrei's death, Bogolyubovo was ravaged and ransacked by Prince Gleb of Ryazan in 1177. In 1230s, the Mongols destroyed its fortifications.

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