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.
These trading rows with the arches are quite an eyecatcher here in Kostroma, simply because there are so many of them. The largest ones which are the red ie beautiful ones as well as the Flour rows which were built from 1789 until 1796.
I consider this a things to do tip but it could also be a shopping tip. The central market closed quite early in the evening, in fact they were packing up when I went there. If you haven't been to such a market before then this is your chance.
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.
The cathedral consists of a 16th century red church with dark domes and a 19th century white church which houses the 13th icon of Our Lady of St. Theodore on the right of the iconostasis. This icon is known for its miracles and for various legends. There is actually another icon on the back of it.
BTW, it's not allowed to take pictures inside.
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!
Both to the left and right of the Susanin monument we can see the two trade rows originally called the Big Flour Rows and Red Rows
The Big Flour Rows, as they were known in those days, is now the biggest food market-place of the town.
If you walk down to the Volga River, you'll see that there are many different arcades.
Kostroma was a excursion from Moskau for a single day. I liked this town very much. The firetower of Kostroma looks really as a beautiful palace and there are some really beautiful cathedrals and monasteries in Kostroma.
It is a good idea to leave Moskau and drive to the countryside also, Russia is really a lot different there !
The best sight of Kostroma for me, with 21 wooden structures of various uses, various architectural styles and various ages.
But all beautifully decorated with wooden carvings - watch especially the residential houses for this: they will surprise you!
Despite the fact that one of their most famous pieces burnt down a couple of years ago, there is still plenty to see for an enthusiast!
Built in 1652 it has five domes. The crypt was used for burial of rich donors. The Godunov vault is in the west part.
They date back to the late 16th and early 17th century. In 1613 part of them were given to the Romanovs to live in. Today it’s a museum.
The Fire Observation Tower was built from 1824-27 by the local architect P.I. Fursov. Apparently it is still in use and UNESCO protected.
The oldest building on the square is from 1806-8, the Provincial Administration by architect A.D. Zakharov in classical style. The Guards House now houses the Literary museum.
The paintings in the gallery leading to the main hall with the iconostasis are just awesome. The place is extremely crowded but it’s an absolute must see.
This impressive Lenin monument is interesting because the base of the monument is much older. Originally, there was a Tsar on top of it but he was replaced by Lenin.