The cathedral’s frescoes are among the rarest examples of Eastern Orthodox mural paintings.
Russian Federation Criteria: (ii)(iv) The Assumption Cathedral is located in the town-island of Sviyazhsk and is part of the monastery of the same name.
Situated at the confluence of the Volga, the Sviyaga and the Shchuka rivers, at the crossroads of the Silk and Volga routes, Sviyazhsk was founded by Ivan the Terrible in 1551.
One of the areas where they took up residence was the Swabian Jura in southern Germany.
Excavated from the 1860s, six caves have revealed items dating from 43,000 to 33,000 years ago.
The town was sited at the crossroads of trade routes for caravans travelling between southern Palestine, Sinai, Eastern Jordan and the north of the Arabian Peninsula.