In addition to being a pretty, provincial city which has preserved its regulated city plan from the era of Catherine the Great, Kostroma is especially worth visiting if you have an interest in the Romanovs. It is considered to be the cradle of the House of Romanov as Mikhail Romanov found out that he had been elected the first Romanov tsar when he was residing at the city's Ipatievsky Monastery.
|Name in Russian||Кострома|
|Status||City-municipality and administrative centre of the Kostroma Region|
|Location||On the confluence of the River Kostroma and the Volga|
|Distance||330km north-east of Moscow|
|Time Zone||Moscow Time|
|Population||273,382 people (2014)|
|Founded||1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky|
|Titles/Awards||Historical City of Russia, Golden Ring City|
|City Day||Last Saturday in August|
Top recommendations in Kostroma
Go to Susanin Square, Kostroma's main square, to see the fine examples of architecture there and some of the city's most famous statues.
Visit the beautiful Ipatievsky Monastery which has connections with the Romanovs.
Visit the Bogoyavlensko-Anastasiin Convent which holds the reverred Our Lady of St Theodore Icon.
Sumarokovo Moose Farm
Take a trip to the local Sumarokovo Moose Farm.