The Moscow gate is where the cruise-passangers will enter the town of Kostroma, after beeing arrived on a cruise of the river Volga. This gate was built for Tsar Alexander I, when he was expected to visit Kostroma in 1823. The architect P. Fursov built 2 obelisques with the Tsars eagle on top and as you see they would need some restauration as well.
Obviously Tsar Putin did not intend to arrive that way and therefore nobody thought of restauring this part of the city ;-)
Dont miss to take a closer look at this great wooden church that you will find just a few steps "off the beaten path" between the large car-parking for tourbuses and the Ipatiev monastery. It was obviously under reconstruction in summer 2008 and should be finished by now. Unfortunately I was not able to enter that church, but maybe thats possible now as well.
This lovely, green wooden house with a lot of fine ornaments can be seen opposite of the entrancegate to the Ipatiev Monastery, and you will certainly pass by it on your way to or from the monastery, it is conveniently located directely on the way to the large carparking for tourbuses. And when you dare to run fastly around the corner you will also have enough time to see a really interesting wooden church, see it in my next tip !
You can still see a lot of lovely, old wooden houses in many parts of Kostroma, you simply have to walk also into the sidestreets and places, where the ashpalt-roads will end and go on with potholes and deep mud.
Papa Lenin is still showing the right direction in Kostroma ! "Which direction ?" one of the tourists in my group was asking and the local tourguide said : "Here in Kostroma was say, he is showing the direction to the next pub, what else !"
OK, so lets have a drink there and acknowledge the fact that Papa Lenin was thrown from many monuments in Russia in 1989, BUT the further you go away from Moscow and St. Petersburg you will still find him among his beloved citizens.
Its always great when somebody is able to tell you the best way to the next pub, thanks a lot, Papa Lenin !
You can watch my 2 min 53 sec HD Video Kostroma part 3 out of my Youtube channel with Ljube-Kostroma.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Kostroma on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 57° 46' 11.29" N 40° 55' 50.99" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Boulevard.
The Joann Zlatoust Church was first mentioned in 1628. The stone church was erected in 1751. The Bell Tower was added in 1791. This church was among a few those weren’t closed in the Soviet times. Since 1929 till 1964 it was the Eparchy Cathedral of Kostroma.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Kostroma on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 57° 46' 18.42" N 40° 55' 46.67" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Joann Zlatoust Church.
Two XVIIth-century temples, of rather conventional architecture, may be seen on the opposite side of the Volga.
The Ilyinskaya Church in Gorodishe was built in 1683-1685.
It is located on the right bank of the Volga. The ancient settlement Gorodishe belonged to famous old-believer Boyarynya Morozova, who was represented on the well-known painting of Vasily Surikov.
Of the buildings erected in the XIX century no two were alike, which is an indication of a high standard of town planning in that period. You will see the most interesting houses on the Symanovsky and Tchaykovsky streets.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Kostroma on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 57° 46' 14.79" N 40° 55' 29.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Symanovsky street.
A peculiar feature of the old part of Kostroma is the abundance of wooden houses. Their facade decorations and forged balcony railings add very special features to their appearance.
You can watch my 3 min 54 sec HD Video Kostroma part 2 out of my Youtube channel with Kupala - Kostroma.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Kostroma on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 57° 46' 13.76" N 40° 55' 29.83" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Wooden houses.
The Central park consists of a number of lanes crossing each other.
Nowadays, the impressive territory formerly occupied by the Kostroma Kremlin is part of the city's Central Park bordering on the lovely and pleasantly green in the summertime Tchaikovsky street, which goes up from the river bank to the historical center of Kostroma.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Kostroma on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates57° 45' 48.22" N 40° 55' 40.26" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Central Park.
This is a nice church that I saw between the interesting wooden houses in the outskirts of Kostroma. The gates of the church were closed unfortunately.
All of these wonderful and interesting buildings can be found just a few meters behind the end of the main boulevard of Kostroma.