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Monastery of st Ipaty, Kostroma

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Visit Monastery of st Ipaty to see red Romanov chambers that house a historical exhibit and a refectory featuring religious items and old icons. Watch the footage of Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family visiting Kostroma in 1913 on a large screen at the entrance. The focal point of the monastery is the Trinity Cathedral, which was built by Tsar Boris Godunov in 1590. It features more than 80 frescoes by a school of 17th-century Kostroma painters. The cafe serves pirozhki and kvass, cooked by local monks. At the market near the monastery, you can buy linen goods and black salt, made only in Kostroma. See Monastery of st Ipaty and all Kostroma has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kostroma tourist route planner.
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  • Absolutely amazing. Seriously, no words. My suggestion is to go there as soon as possible. It opens at 10 AM. They give you free scarves in order to enter the monastery.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful and well preserved and restored old Russian churches. The place is not big so 1-2 hrs will be enough for a visit. Make sure to use a local guide - they have some good stories...  more »
  • Kostroma is my most northerly point on the Golden Ring. It's a nice town on the banks of Kostroma and Volga rivers. The Volga here is so blue and peaceful. Monastery of St Ipaty is a walled complex si...  more »

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A modest-sized city that combines a long history and laid-back atmosphere, Kostroma might not offer a great number of places to stay, but there is enough variety to satisfy most needs. You'll find many hotels and guesthouses in charming historical and traditionally styled buildings. The majority of the city's hotels fall under the mid-range category, with a couple of more luxurious options. There are several hostels, popular among young and budget travelers.
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