Each and every column, each wall and all of the the ceiling, everything is covered by beautifull frescos and also inside the Trinity Cathedral of Ipatiev Monastery there is enough natural light in order to take good photos without any flash. This church is not a museum, but tourists are welcome and for photography you pay some photofee, as far as I remember.
Trinity Cathedral is the main church of the large Ipatiev Monastery across the Kostroma river, in the outskirts of town. The monastery was founded in 1330 and the way it looks today is from the renovations of the 18th and 19th century. This cathedral is really beautiful already from outside and even more beautiful from inside, as you will see in my next 3 tips !
Dont miss to take a closer look at the great paintings above the entrancegate of that church (my 3rd and 5th photos)
In many russian orthodox churches there is a large entrancehall outside of the church and here in Trinity cathedral this hall is in the shape of a horse-shoe and has such wonderful, ornate frescos on all of the walls and ceilings. These frescos were ment in order to explane and illustrate the stories of the holy bible. The space inside the church is limited and who-ever will not find place there during a church-service will attend it inside this entrancehall.
These are some photos that I have made inside of the cathedral of the Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery. It is an active church with a lot of prayers going there all day long and you will hardly find a time without them. Tourists are welcome, but you always have to be very careful not to hurt the religious feelings of the believers. I was glad that the light is very good for taking photos inside that church and no flash needed.
The Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery is directely in the town-centre of Kostroma and also within walking-distance from the cruiseships. This is not a museum but an active monastery and it is surrounded by strong walls and several massive towers. Take a look inside as well, the monastery-church is open to the public.
In 2002 the bronze monument to the heavenly patron of Kostroma - Saint George (Georgy Pobedonosetz) was established at the wall of the Bogoyavlensky Cathedral. The author of the monument is Aleksey Blagovestnov.
The obelisks of the Moscow Gate are located on the quay of the Volga, welcoming visitors arrived in the city by boats. It got such a smart appearance in 1823 when Kostromian people expected the arrival of the Emperor Alexander I. Architect P.Fursov constructed these obelisks.
Another treasure of Kostroma is the Church of Resurrection-on-Debre built in the XVII century with the donations of the merchant Kyrill Isakov.
He was a rich merchant, after making the largest initial donation began a fund-raising campaign in order to get funds for building a new church. What followed may be considered just an interesting legend, but who knows these days what was true and what was imaginary embellishment of it. Anyway, Kyrill Isakov had partners in England from whom he bought dye for his own textile business. One day he discovered that in one of the barrels which was supposed to contain dye there was something different and apparently heavier. It turned out that the barrel was full of gold coins. He reported back to his English partners and asked what was their idea about the treasure's origin and whether he had to send it back. The legend goes that both sides agreed on using the gold for good Christian purposes.
The collection of the Museum of Arts comprises fine pieces of painting of the XVIIIth-XIXth centuries. The Museum also has an interesting collection of the Russian art of the first years of the XXth century.
The foundation of the Museum in Kostroma took place in 1891 and was connected with the activities of the Kostroma Province Academic Archival Commission. Sometimes it's being called "the Romanov museum", or "former Romanov museum" because it actually was built for the 300th Anniversary of the Romanov Royal family.
In 1913 the Commission took its seat in the building of the Romanov Museum erected by the celebration time of the tercentenary of the House of Romanov. The new building was opened in the presence of the imperial family.
The Drama Theatre is one of the oldest in Russia. It is in the Prospect Mira, next to the Gentry Assembly. It was built on donations of a successful fund-raising campaign and was opened in 1863. Originally it was built in the architectural style known as classicism, but throughout decades of all sorts of embellishments became much more eclectic combining a number of architectural styles.
In 1923 the Kostroma Theatre was named after the famous Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky. And it's the only theatre in Russia where at different periods of its history every play by A. Ostrovsky was staged.
There is a monument to Alexander Ostrovsky opposite the building of the theatre.
Instead of the sculpture of Mikhail Romanov embellished with numerous figures of all the Czars and Queens of the Romanov dynasty years later the sculpture of Lenin was placed on top of the monument thus turning it into one of the most paradoxically unique historical monuments in history, haha!
It’s quite clear why the Romanov tsars regarded Kostroma as their special protectorate. It was here that an embassy from Moscow offered to Mikhail Romanov the Russian crown in 1612.
On March 14, 1613, Zemsky Sobor announced that Mikhail Romanov, who had been in the Ipatiev Monastery at that time, would be the Russian tsar.
1913 was the year of the Romanovs Royal Family 300th anniversary and for the occasion of the Emperor's visit the Kostroma authorities made plans for renovating the park and, most importantly, decided to build a huge monument commemorating the event. According to the original intentions the basis of the monument and its whole structure had to be embellished with numerous figures of all the Czars and Queens of the dynasty.
Also, some important non-royal historical personalities had to be included in the composition.
But with the actual monument being erected, the additional sculptures were never to be installed because the 1917 revolution changed everything to the point of absurdity sometimes.
This five-domed brick plastered temple was constructed in 1766. The extensive refectory was built partially in the building of the Red Arcades. That's why it has the wrong form in plan with the arranged from the north small dome. The Bell Tower constructed by S.Vorotilov, was built in spirit of late baroque, especially it is brightly expressed in the top circles of the Bell Tower.
Each arcade was used for trading different kind of goods: there are 'flower' arcades, 'milk' arcades, 'vegetable' arcades, 'tabacco' arcades, 'oil' arcades, 'sweets' arcades, 'fish' arcades. Closer to the Volga river there are parallel to each other 'bread' and 'kvas' arcades ('kvas' is a Russian brewed sweet drink), and further down, parallel to the Volga, there are 'fish' arcades.
The first floor of arcades was used to trade, and the second floor was used to store the goods.
Now, there are different kinds of shops and a market in the arcades.
The second famous Monastery in Kostroma is the Bogoyavlensky (Bogoyavlensko-Anastasjin, Epiphany) Monastery. It is located at ulitsa Simanovskogo 26.
The male Bogoyavlensky Monastery was founded in the XV century by Nikita who was a disciple and a relative by Sergy Radonezhsky.
In the XVII century the Monastic House and the Bell Tower were constructed.
Also in the XIX century the Chapel and additional facilities for Bogoyavlensky Cathedral were constructed.
After the Revolution the Monastery was abolished. The renaissance of the monastery as a female one began in 1990s years. In our days the passage to the monastery is prohibited.
The complex has been recently and brightly restored and is in full working order. Restoration continues on the surrounding monastery buildings.
You can watch my 2 min 25 sec HD Video Kostroma Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery out of my Youtube channel with Russian Choral music.