Klyazma is one of the Russian rivers situated east to Moscow region. One of the oldest Russian towns Vladimir is situated on this river.
HISTORY OF VLADIMIR. Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian cities, was first mentioned in 1108, when the price of Rostov-Suzdal land Vladimir Monomakh decided to fortify the shores of Klyazma river, and founded a town at a place of a small village, giving it his name. The capital of Rostov-Suzdal land was Suzdal (now a small town, 38 km north of Vladimir), and in the 1157 the capital was moved to Vladimir. That's
when Vladimir started to gain importance, and in the city was being decorated. The Golden Gates were put at the western entrance of the city, the impressive Assumption cathedral was built, embodying the power of Vladimir-Suzdal principality.
In the beginning of the 13th century, when Russia was invaded by Tartars, Vladimir was devastated.
Vladimir started to lose its importance in the beginning of 14th century, when the Mitropolit of the 'Whole Russia' moved his residence to Moscow.