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Ancient temple built by Barbarossa craftsmen found in central Russia

April 29, 2015, 18:28 UTC+3 VLADIMIR
The temple's builders are believed to have been sent to Russia by Frederick I Barbarossa who ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until his death in 1190
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VLADIMIR, April 29. /TASS/. Ruins of a 12th century temple built by craftsmen of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa has been discovered by archaeologists in the Vladimir Region, cemtral Russia, the head of the expedition said on Wednesday.

The unique Roman temple built by Italian architects is decorated with "very beautiful white Roman carving" which combines both Russian and foreign patterns, Vladimir Sedov told TASS.

The temple's builders are believed to have been sent to Russia by Frederick I Barbarossa who ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until his death in 1190, he said.

The temple was discovered in the village of Bogolyubovo founded in 1158 by Grand Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky (God-Loving) of Vladimir and Suzdal.

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