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Kostroma is located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers and is one of the towns in the Golden Ring. It was founded in the 12th century and has played a major role in Russian history. After being destroyed by the Mongols in 1238 it became a small principality under the leadership of Prince Vasily the Drunkard the brother of the Russian hero Alexander Nevsky. In the early 17th century, the young Mikhail Romanov, who was living at the time at the Ipatievsky Monastery, was offered the Russian throne – thus beginning the Romanov Dynasty and ending the Time of Troubles.

In 1773 Kostroma was devastated by a great fire. From that time on, the Romanov’s always had a special connection to the city and played an important role in its development, for exampling rebuilding the Trinity Cathedral in 1652. Kostroma was frequently visited by the Romanov family including the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II. The city’s most prominent landmarks are the Ipatievsky Monastery, the Trinity Cathedral, the local market and a museum of wooden architecture and monuments. The Monastery is now part of the Kostroma Museum of History and Ancient Monument.

There are overnight trains from Moscow to Kostroma, but being located on the beautiful embankments of the Volga River means that arrival along the river is by far the easiest way to get to the town.

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Epiphany Cathedral
Epiphany cathedral is located on the territory of the Epiphany Convent which is nowadays the residence of the archbishop of Kostroma. The cathedral was built in 1559-1565 and it was the first stony building in the city. Inside one can see the miracle-working Icon of Our Lady 'Feodorovskaya'.
Ipatievsky Monastery
The Monastery was founded by Prince Chet around 1330 and it was dedicated to St. Hypatios of Gangara. It was here that a promiment Russian historian Nikolay Karamzin discovered a set of three 14th-century chronicles. Most of the monastery buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The Trinity Cathedral is famous for its elaborate frescoes.

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