On his way to Vladimir Prince Andrei stopped
overnight in the village of Bogoliubovo, located a few miles to the north-east
of the city. The legend says that in his dream he saw the Virgin taking him
under her protection. In gratitude for this Andrei decided to build there the
cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin. Perhaps some purely secular reasons
also prompted him to do so because the spot is very nice indeed and controls
and overlooks the entire area where the river Nerli joins the river Kliazma.
From 1158 to 1165 an important stone architectural ensemble was erected there
with the cathedral, the palace, the staircase tower and the gallery that
connects the palace and the cathedral. Photos of Bogoliubovo and the Church on
the Nerli are in the section on Vladimir.