Gavrilov Posad is a town of horse breeding traditions. It is located in the very heart of Kievan Rus, in Vladimir-Suzdal Opolye (a historical region in Vladimir Region). Its current geographic location is quite convenient: the town is located 30 kilometers from Suzdal, 90 kilometers from Ivanovo and 200 kilometers from Moscow.
The history of the town is closely related to the palace stud farm, which was built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. The preserved building of the stud farm is a wonderful architectural monument of the era of Catherine the Great. The walls of the building remember both hussars and convicts who were on their way to exile colonies in Siberia. In the middle of the twentieth century, the Vladimir Heavy Draft, a new breed of horses, was bred at the State Stud Farm. Horses of this breed are very large, they are real giants among horses.
In 1990 Pyotr Plonin and Nikolay Shaburov used the Vladimir Heavy Draft horses to go through Siberia and Europe. This trip got into the Guinness Book of Records.
In the middle of the twentieth century, a new breed of "giant" horses, the famous Vladimir Heavy Draft, was bred at the State Stud Farm in Gavrilov Posad. Today the RIAT company continues the traditions of horse breeding. They often take horses to various exhibitions where the horses take prizes.
Sinebrychoff Brewery was founded in the nineteenth century in Finland by a Russian merchant Sinebrychoff who was a native of Gavrilova Sloboda. The business of the merchant and his heirs went so well that Sinebrychoff now controls 48% of the Finnish beer and soft drinks market. The brewery became famous for its Koff brand of lager.
According to the Russian magazine Afisha, the town central square is one of the best urban spaces in the country that opened in 2019.
5 FACTS ABOUT GAVRILOV POSAD
Every summer the town, which is the home of the Vladimir Heavy Draft, hosts the Festival of Russian Traditions. This is a major festival of traditional Russian amusements. Festival visitors can see a varied program, which includes both old haymaking competition and stars of modern folk music performances.
THINGS TO DO
Try melomel, a traditional mead fermented with fruit. This unique beverage is made according to an old Russian recipe. You can try it at the Museum of Russian National Drinks.
See unique tile-covered walls of the Church of Elijah the Prophet. The secret of making these patterns is still unsolved.
Find out what is the difference between a cossack sweater, a shirt, and a kosovorotka and how a "parochka" dress differs from a sundress. You can learn all this at the local history museum.
Take a picture of yourself at the soaring fountain in the central square.