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    Monument to Yury Dolgoruky

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    The city was first mentioned in the chronicles for the year 1213, but historians believe it could have been founded by Yury Dolgoruky more than half a century earlier.
    So it is believed that Kostroma, like Moscow, was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152. It celebrated its 850th anniversary in 2002.
    Recently the appearance of the one of two main squares of Kostroma - Soviet square underwent some alterations and a new monument was added to the architectural ensemble — the one dedicated to the Duke Yury Dolgoruky.

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    Monastery of St. Ipaty

    by yumyum Updated May 25, 2007

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    It is thought that the monastery was founded in 1275 by Prince Vasily Mizinny. Another story is that it was founded by the Tatar Prince Chet. During the 16th century it was under the patronage of the Godunov family. This is where the Romanovs got to know that one of theirs was elected as tsar after the fall of the Godunovs.The monastery’s walls are up to 11 meters high with a total length of 560 meters.

    If you want to take pictures in the monastery complex, you need to buy a permit.

    If front of the main entrance in summer there is a souvenir market.

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    Church of our Saviour-in-the-Rows

    by yumyum Updated May 25, 2007

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    This church is one of the oldest of Kostroma. It dates back to 1766. It fits nicely into the trading rows. The church is included in the trading court which is 110 x 160 meters. The bell tower is from the 19th century in late baroque style. There are also the Cereal rows and Vegetable, Oil and Butter Rows.

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    Trinity Cathedral Inside

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 10, 2010

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    The Trinity Cathedral is famous for its elaborately painted interior.
    The murals painted on the walls are regarded as some of the most valuable art treasures in the country. A perfect match for these frescoes is the picturesque wooden Baroque iconostasis made by Kostroma masters, and comprising 80 icons arranged in several tiers.
    With the Godunovs support a school for icon painters was set up in the monastery. Most renowned masters were Guri Nikitin and Sila Savin.

    You can watch my 2 min 40 sec HD Video Kostroma Ipatiev Monastery Trinity Cathedral out of my Youtube channel with Russian Choral music.

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    Prince Michael’s gift

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 10, 2010

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    By the end of XVII century there were 18 bells on the Belfry and the Bell Tower, largest of which in 600 pood (9600 kg) was the contribution of Stefanida - the mother of Tsar Boris Godunov and also of boyars A.Godunov and V.Streshnev.
    In 2006 the new 500 pood (8000 kg) bell "Tsar Michael" was gifted by the prince of Kent Michael (who was a great- great-great-grandson of the Russian emperor Nikolay I) in memory of the 400 anniversary of election on the throne of the Russian tsar Michael Fedorovich Romanov.

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    Residence of Bishops

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 10, 2010

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    This is the largest residential building of the monastery including the Sacred Gate with the church of Saints Chrysanthus and Daria (in the center of the construction), exchequer rooms and residential chambers (to the north and the south from the Sacred Gate).
    In connection with accommodation of the Bishop in the territory of Ipatiev monastery in 1744, the building was considerably reconstructed and adapted under the residence of the Kostroma bishop.
    The facade from the Kostroma river reflects constructions of the XVI-XIX centuries: from fortifications with loopholes up to architectural forms of classicism.

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    Sacred Gate with the Church of Saints Chr

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 10, 2010

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    The main entrance from the riverside with the Church of Saints Chrysanthus and Daria was designed by the famous Russian architect Konstantin Thon.
    Over the main gate in the central part of the west wall facing the Moscow road is the Green Tower deriving its name from the green tiling of its roof and erected in 1642-1645 to commemorate the coronation of Mikhail Romanov. It was through this gate that the procession of the newly-elected monarch passed on its way to the crowning ceremony in Moscow in 1613.

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    Powder Tower

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 11, 2010

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    The northwest tower of the Old city was erected in 1586-1590 with the support of Dmitry and Boris Godunovs. It was used for storage of gunpowder.
    As all towers of the Ipatiev monastery it had three levels of fight: the top level - for installation of guns, the middle level for firing from the manual fire and throwing weapon, and the bottom level with loopholes for bottom fight.

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    Susaninskaya Square (Frying pan)

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    The main square of the city (Susaninskaya Ploshchad’) is named after Ivan Susanin, a peasant who became a hero after misleading Polish invaders into a swamp, where they all died.

    The square has several buildings of note, clockwise around the northern side are: the Fire Watch Tower (still in use, and under UNESCO protection), the Guard-House (a former military jail – now a literature museum), the General S.Borshov’s House (the palace of an 1812 war hero, being a hotel for members of the royal family afterwards, now a courthouse) and the Town Hall.
    Then you’ll see the main city street – Sovietskaya and the perfect ensemble of the Arcaded Central Market.
    Locals call the square a frying pan, haha!

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    Arcaded Central Market

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 11, 2010

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    The remarkable Arcaded Central Market is situated along the Sovetskaya street and Susaninskaya ploshchad’. It consists of the two trade rows originally called the Red Rows and the Big Flour Rows. Those were intended as market places with a lot of place for separate shops and stalls.
    Interestingly, the territory where the Trade Rows were built in 1791-1796 had long been used as an open air market place by the locals. The complex of the arcades was built at the place, where 300 year before there had been the trenches of Kostroma Kremlin (that didn't exist anymore even in the XVIIIth century).
    Today the rows house numerous shops, cafes and a museum.

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    Monument to Mikhail Romanov

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    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.

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    Art Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 11, 2010

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    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.

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    The Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    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.

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    Trinity Cathedral of Ipatiev Monastery

    by globetrott Updated Apr 23, 2010

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    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)

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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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