Kostroma, Russia

Kostroma is an historic city in central Russia, the administrative centre of Kostroma Oblast. A part of the Golden ring of the Russian towns, it is located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers.

Kostroma is a historic city, founded in the 12th century, and served as a sort of northern retreat for the powerful in Muscovy when threatened by southern and western invaders. Kostroma's wealth of art and architecture is owed to the legacy of such retreats. Visitors should not miss historic 14th century Ipatyevsky Monastery, Trinity Cathedral, the 1712 wooden Church of the Transfiguration and the 17th Century Church of the Resurrection. Kostroma is also home to the open-air museum village, Begengenvka, featuring wood-construction architecture of windmills, medieval homes and various churches.

Things to see and do

* Hypatian Monastery
* Historic city centre
* Resurrection Church
* The Trading Arcades
* Susaninskaya Ploshchad - the main square

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Population – 280,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours to plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7

Port Location – The port is located on the Volga river.

Travel Links – There are daily overnight trains to/from Moscow and regular trains and "elektrichki" from Yaroslavl. There are also daily buses to/from Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, and Vladimir through Suzdal.

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