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cute riverside monastery

There's a story to the monastery, back in the early 1600s, as the place for the first Romanov czar... read more

Reviewed July 7, 2018
Kat T
Many beautiful icons to see

Very beautiful monastery. Situated by the river with wonderful view on it. Lots of very ancient and... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2018
Sergey I
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Prosveshheniya St, 1, Kostroma 156004, Russia
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

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

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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful monastery. Situated by the river with wonderful view on it. Lots of very ancient and well kept items of Orthodox art inside the temple and other buildings.

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

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

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

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

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Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing. Seriously, no words. My suggestion is to go there as soon as possible. It opens at 10 AM. They give you free scarves in order to enter the monastery.

Thank Jasmine C
Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank Dmitri K
Reviewed July 1, 2016

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

Thank GoranWembley
Reviewed December 26, 2015

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.

Thank AmericanKot
Reviewed August 31, 2015

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

Thank Andrei G
Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

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

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