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There's a story to the monastery, back in the early 1600s, as the place for the first Romanov czar being hidden away (as a teenager before coronation) during the Polish-Lithuanian wars and... so the story goes... no one wanted to be czar -- so it...More
Beautiful monastery. You got the nicest view by making a river tour on the Volga. At the entrance, women and girls are requested to wear a scarf and a kind of long skirt (as a signe of respect), which gives a very funny touch to...More
This is a beautiful monastery overlooking the Kostroma river, near the crossing with the Volga. I was especially awed by the iconostasis in the Trinity Cathedral, with its various paintings of the figures, and the gold decorations. Catherine the Great donated the funding to build...More
One of the most beautiful and well preserved and restored old Russian churches. The place is not big so 1-2 hrs will be enough for a visit. Make sure to use a local guide - they have some good stories about this place.
Kostroma is my most northerly point on the Golden Ring. It's a nice town on the banks of Kostroma and Volga rivers. The Volga here is so blue and peaceful.
Monastery of St Ipaty is a walled complex sitting beautifully on the river bank. Very...More
We enjoyed touring this large monastery with its beautiful church and associated museums. 20 min walk from city center across the bridge over the Kostroma River. Also on bus route 14. Skirts provided for women who need them.
It is interesting but this Monastry is much more beautiful from a distance (namely from another cost of Volga river. Similar Monastry in Sergiev Posad or in Seliger region is more interesting. Museums in this Monastry is more about Romanov's dynasty then about Russian Orthodocs...More
At the entrance you are asked to buy tickets. If you don't want to visit museums, ignore itand go in. They will probably say that tickets are obligatory and you won't get anywhere, but it is not true. You can visit the monastery and its...More