Monastery of st Ipaty

Monastery of st Ipaty, Kostroma

Monastery of st Ipaty
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Abrahamyan A
Armenia17 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Holy place where you can feel and gain a peace inside of you, in your soul.
And of course an historical place so important for Russian statehood
Written April 25, 2021
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Jenny Z
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia24 contributions
Sep 2019
Cathedral was built by Tsar Boris Godunov in 1590 and features more than 80 frescoes by 17th century Kostroma painters. Monastery features red Romanov chambers and religious items and icons
Written December 31, 2019
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2014marie2014
Mumbai, India73 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Must visit the story is amazing beautiful architecture scarfs and skirts available for ladies. Another historic spot
Written July 19, 2019
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,217 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
This monastery on the riverside is one of the most sacred places in Russian history. It is this place that in 1613 the Russian boyars or nobles decided to end the “Time of Troubles” by inviting a 18-year old Mikhail Romanov to be the next Tsar, thus beginning the 300-year Romanov dynasty that ended in 1916 when Tsar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate.

The monastery has many places to visit but bear in mind that the this monastery will be closed at 4.30pm during winter staring oct and hence be early.
Written October 24, 2018
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Sheila R
37 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Used official guide, spoke English. Cathedral a must see as are the exhibitons and Manor House of the Romanov Family.
Written October 1, 2018
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Kat T
821 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
There's a story to the monastery, back in the early 1600s, as the place for the first Romanov czar being hidden away (as a teenager before coronation) during the Polish-Lithuanian wars and... so the story goes... no one wanted to be czar -- so it went to a teenager. Whether the story is embellished or not, it does add a sense of adventure to the place. These days, it is very much a monastic (you will see priests) and curatorial space (you will also see exhibits, even one about the Romanovs) with the interior of the cathedral very recently restored. (The paint is nearly fresh, although no photos allowed inside.) And once you step outside of the monastery walls, the whole complex is by the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma rivers. It's a good scenic riverside stroll (someone was even washing the family dog in the river and, the dog being a dog, was jumping and splashing up the water constantly) -- though be aware that it is a long detour if you take a full lap of the ring of sidewalks outside the monastery walls.

Perhaps the cutest thing about this place (at present) is that its walls are still partially under restoration. Elsewhere in Russia, many of these monastic red brick walls (incl. the mortar adjoining the bricks) have all been plastered with a layer of snow white chalk paint. Here, there's still about half of the walls on the outside which had not had the whitewash yet. (You have to go outside of the complex's walls and by the river to look back towards this patch.) You get to see the colour scheme as it may have looked a few decades or a century ago, if not several centuries ago. And since this region is far north of Moscow, these historic sites were not damaged during WW2, so some of these things were not rebuilds.
Written July 7, 2018
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Sergey
7 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Very beautiful monastery. Situated by the river with wonderful view on it. Lots of very ancient and well kept items of Orthodox art inside the temple and other buildings.
Written January 5, 2018
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MurielVdA
Bornem, Belgium49 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Beautiful monastery. You got the nicest view by making a river tour on the Volga. At the entrance, women and girls are requested to wear a scarf and a kind of long skirt (as a signe of respect), which gives a very funny touch to the whole experience. Beside that, the fresco's in the church are quiet amazing, as well as the 'golden' doors. There are also several exhibitions in the surrounding buildings. About icons (of course) among others, but honestly it is the most interesting exhibition of this religious art I have seen in and around Moscow. A video shows also the visit of the last Tsar to the Monastery, which captivated our children. The monastery is definitely worth a visit. Outside, beside the river bank, there are also several small shops selling local produced linen textile. Also worth a stop.
Written August 28, 2017
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Hoegaarden987
Brossard, Canada244 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
This is a beautiful monastery overlooking the Kostroma river, near the crossing with the Volga. I was especially awed by the iconostasis in the Trinity Cathedral, with its various paintings of the figures, and the gold decorations. Catherine the Great donated the funding to build this iconostasis, and a crown is placed at its top to honour her.

The monastery also has a nice garden, as well as a small exhibit of its history (I believe. The explanations were all in Russian, which I do not understand). Definitely worth the visit.
Written July 18, 2017
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Jasmine C
Rome, Italy25 contributions
Jan 2017
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.
Written February 28, 2017
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