Yuryev-Polsky (English)
Юрьев-Польский (Russian)
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View of Yuryev-Polsky

Yuryev-Polsky is located in Russia
Location in Russia

Yuryev-Polsky is located in Vladimir Oblast
Location of Yuryev-Polsky in Vladimir Oblast
Coordinates: 56°30′00″N 39°42′00″E / 56.5, 39.7Coordinates: 56°30′00″N 39°42′00″E / 56.5, 39.7
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Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of September 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Vladimir Oblast[1]
Administrative district Yuryev-Polsky Rayon, Vladimir Oblast[1]
Administrative center of Yuryev-Polsky Rayon[2]
Municipal status (as of June 2012)
Municipal district Yuryev-Polsky Municipal Rayon[3]
Urban settlement Yuryev-Polsky Urban Settlement[3]
Administrative center of Yuryev-Polsky Municipal Rayon,[3] Yuryev-Polsky Urban Settlement[3]
Population (2010 Census) 19,595 inhabitants[4]
Time zone MSK (UTC+04:00)[5]
Founded 1152
Postal code(s) 601800
Dialing code(s) +7 49246

Yuryev-Polsky (Russian: Ю́рьев-По́льский) is an old town and the administrative center of Yuryev Polsky Rayon of Vladimir Oblast, Russia, located in the upper reaches of the Koloksha River, 68 kilometers (42 mi) northwest of Vladimir, the administrative center of the oblast. Population: 19,595 (2010 Census);[4] 19,906 (2002 Census);[6] 22,247 (1989 Census);[7] 23,000 (1974).


It was founded by Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152. First part of its name derives from Yuri's patron saint, St. George. The second part is derived from the word polsky meaning "in the fields". This specification was needed in order to distinguish the town from the earlier established fortress of Yuryev (nowadays Tartu), at the time located in the woods in what is now Estonia and then the biggest Russian settlement in the territory of the Chuds.

Upon Vsevolod III's death in 1212, the town was assigned to one of his youngest sons, Svyatoslav. It was that prince who personally designed the town's chief landmark, the Cathedral of St. George (1230–1234). It is the latest pre-Mongol construction in Russia, unprecedented in abundance of stone sculptures, and also the model for first stone churches in the Moscow Kremlin. In the 1460s, the cathedral's dome collapsed, thus burying most of unique sculptures which had adorned the cathedral walls. The collapsed roof was sloppily restored by a well-known Muscovite artisan, Vasili Yermolin, in 1471.

St. George's Cathedral (1230-1234) was the last stone church built in Russia before the Mongol invasion

The great Battle of Lipitsa was fought near the town in 1216. In 1238, Yuryev was sacked by the Mongols. A century later, it was incorporated into the Grand Principality of Moscow. The chief monument of the Muscovite period is the walled Monastery of Archangel Michael, founded in the 13th century and containing various buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Several miles from Yuryev, on the bank of the Yakhroma River, stands the Kosmin Cloister, whose structures are typical for the mid-17th century.

Administrative and municipal status[]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Yuryev-Polsky serves as the administrative center of Yuryev-Polsky Rayon,[2] to which it is directly subordinated.[1] As a municipal division, the town of Yuryev-Polsky is incorporated within Yuryev-Polsky Municipal Rayon as Yuryev-Polsky Urban Settlement.[3]

Twin towns – sister cities[]

Yuryev-Polsky is twinned with:

  • Moldova Hîncești, Moldova



  1. ^ a b c d Resolution #433
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  3. ^ a b c d e Law #55-OZ
  4. ^ a b "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1 [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1)]" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census). Federal State Statistics Service. 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
  6. ^ "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек [Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000]" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. May 21, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров. [All Union Population Census of 1989. Present population of union and autonomous republics, autonomous oblasts and okrugs, krais, oblasts, districts, urban settlements, and villages serving as district administrative centers]" (in Russian). Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года (All-Union Population Census of 1989). Institute of Demographics of the State University—Higher School of Economics. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 


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