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    Ipatiev Monastery

    by globetrott Updated Apr 24, 2010

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    The Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma is one of the most beautiful monasteries of the so-called "Golden Ring" around of Moscow. The monastery was founded in 1330 and it is also an important place of russian history, because Michael Romanov, who finnaly became the first Tsar of the Romanov dynasty, was living in 2 small chambers of this monastery with his mother when he was chosen to become the Tsar of Russia. That way Kostroma was always given a lot of attention by the Romanov-family that reigned Russia for more than 300 years.
    The Trinity Cathedral of Ipatiev Monastery is one of the highlights of a visit in Kostroma, and beeing a photographer you will be happy to learn , that the light-conditions are really perfect inside this church !

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    the monument for Mikhail Romanov

    by globetrott Updated Apr 24, 2010

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    Susaninskaya Square is a really giant square in the very centre of Kostroma. At one side there are the large arcades of the ancient markets and at the other side there are the firewatch-tower, the gauptvakhda and the palace of General Borshov.
    In the centre of that square you will find a small monument for Mikhail Romanov : he had spent his childhood in the Ipatiev Monastery before he was offered to become the russian Tsar in 1613.
    In 1913 it was planned to build a large monument for the Romanovs and their 300-year anniversary at this place in Kostroma, but the revolution of 1917 changed these plans and so you have just that small pyramid there with some inscriptions.

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    The Guard-house / Gauptvakta

    by globetrott Updated Apr 24, 2010

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    The Guard-House is the building on the square that is next to the firewatch and its russian name is "Gauptvakhta" . A funny name and a good excample of how close german and russian are in some cases: H does not exist in Russian alphabet and is mostly replaced by G. "Hauptwache" (Main Watch) is the german expression for this building and the russian expression gauptvakta was certainly derived that way.
    This building is a literature-museum nowadays, open daily from 10.ooam till 06.00pm, except on the weekends !

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    The Palace of General Borshov

    by globetrott Updated Apr 24, 2010

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    The Palace of General Borshov was built opposite of the firewatch between 1819 and 1824 and so it became one of the several buildings in the same, so-called "palace-style" and painted in yellow and white. General Borshov was a hero of the so-called "Patriotic War" of 1812, lateron he became a senator
    In 1849 the building was sold and finally turned into a hotel, called Hotel London.

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    Some interesting buildings we passed by

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    I had no time to go inside the Art Museum in Kostroma, but I really enjoyed that great architecture of the building from outside, you will see it in my first 2 photos.
    This museum was built for the 300th anniversary of the Royal Romanov Family and in the exhibits of the museum of Arts you will find great paintings of the XVIIIth-XIXth centuries and also an interesting collection of the Russian art of the XXth century.
    For the buildings in my pics 3-5 I have no further explanations, I saw them while passing by in our tourbus.

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    The Townhall

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    The townhall of Kostroma looks similar in style as the buildings around of the closeby Susaninskaya Square. There are a lot of other administrative buildings around of it and in fact this part of the city was built all at around almost the same time.

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    Some more exhibits from the Ipatiev Monastery

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    These are some exhibits that I saw inside of the Ipatiev Monastery museum.
    After the October-revolution the Ipatiev monastery was closed in 1917 and finally in 1958 a "State Museum of history and Architecture" was established there including 50 monuments of architecture and more than 400.000 exhibits in its museums.
    A few years ago the monastery was given back to the russian orthodox church.

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    the church of Our Saviour in the shopping-arcades

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    This is the church of Our Saviour in the shopping-arcades and just as the old shoppingarcades it dates back to the year 1766. This church is closed for tourists, but I was able to take a fast look inside and take 2 photos, but in fact it is not really anything special to see there for tourists.
    The belfry of that church is used also as a gate for one of the courts of the ancient shopping-arcades.

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    The most beautiful firewatch on earth !

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    Kostroma : The most beautiful firewatch on earth !
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    In Kostroma you will find this great building that is actually nothing else than "The most beautiful firewatch on earth". The firewatch-tower is 35 meters high and it was built in 1827 in order to watch out for fire, as at that time most of the buildings in Kostroma were made of wood. This building stands directely on the central square of town and next to a lot of other great buildings with interesting architecture, this is why it was built like a small palace by the architect P.Fursov.
    Nowadays there is a museum of firefighting inside of that building.

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    The ceiling of Trinity Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    The ceiling of Trinity Cathedral inside of Ipatiev Monastery certainly deserves some extra attention for all of its great frescos and great decorations. You will hardly find such a perfect place to make good photos of such great frescoes in many other cathedrals in Russia, and if you do, the light will be a lot less or the frescoes will need a lot of restoration. But here everything was really perfect !

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    The museum inside of the Romanov chambers

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    These are now the most interesting exhibits inside of the Boyars Romanovs` Chambers of the Ipatiev Monastery. There are various precious icons, great tiled ovens and various religious instruments, made of gold or silver. You can also still see some of the tiny cells for the monks there.
    There was no extra entrancefee for this small museum, when I remember that correctely.

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    Romanov chambers

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    The so-called Boyars Romanovs` Chambers are in a sidebuilding of the Ipatiev Monastery. This building was once used for monks cells and in 1613 Michael Romanov had 2 rooms in this building togeather with his mother and since then this building is called "Romanov chambers"
    Its an interesting museum nowadays and I was able to take a look inside on my own after the guided tour through the monastery and Trinity Church.
    See some of its most important exhibits in my next tip !

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    The belfry of Trinity Cathedral Ipatiev Monastery

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    The belfry of russian orthodox-churches is mostly standing free of the churches and that is also the fact for the belfry / belltower of the Trinity Cathedral in Ipatiev Monastery, that dates back to the year 1601. There are mostly several bells in such a belfry any sometimes you can listen to the chimes playing melodies with them. In my part of the world our bells are swinging but in Russia most of them stand still and only the hammer is swinging in order to make it sound and the person playing the chimes will hold several strings in his hands in order to play a melody.
    There are 18 bells in this belfry and the largest of them has 9600kg.

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    the old shopping-arcades

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    These are the old shopping-arcades of Kostroma and they are dating back to 1796. The idea behind these giant markethalls, was that the tax-authorities could easily watch over the income of the merchants and also for the customers is was much easier to compare prices and find everything in almost the same area.
    Some of these arcades were transferred into posh, modern stores lately, many of them are also still standing empty and the local markets of nowadays are closeby as well.

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    The inconostasis of Trinity Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    It is really very hard to get all of the giant iconostasis of Trinity Cathedral of Ipatiev Monastery into one single photo, this is why I had to use my fish-eye lense, that is unfortunatly deforming a bit. Normally the row of saints that is shown in an iconostasis follows certain rules, so all saints have their fixed places in any iconostasis of any russian orthodox church. The iconostasis is also not the altar of the church, but the golden door in my last 2 photos will lead to the altar behind the iconostasis. The altar of russian orthodox churches is off-limits for the ordinary believers, and only the priest is allowed to go there.

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