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  Thanks to its development in the 18th century as a booming centre of the textile industry, today Ivanovo is still often referred to as the 'City of Brides' (due to the influx of women to work in its factories) or as 'Russian/Red Manchester' (another major textile producer at the time). It also gained the nickname 'Home of the First Soviet' after the first workers' council was formed here. Although it is considered a principal city of the Golden Ring Ivanovo has less to offer than the other destinations on the popular tourist route. However a trip to Ivanovo can be combined with visits to more touristy cities in the Ivanovo Region such as Plyos.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Иваново
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Ivanovo Region
Location On the River Uvod
Distance 300km north-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 409,223 people (2014)
First Mentioned 1561
Former names Ivanovo-Voznesensk (1871-1932)
Titles/Awards Golden Ring City
City Day Last Saturday in May
Official Website

Top recommendations in Ivanovo

  • Dmitri Burylin Ivanovo State Historical and Regional Museum

    Visit the museums of the Dmitri Burylin Ivanovo State Historical and Regional Museum to learn about Ivanovo's past, especially as the centre of the Russian textile industry.

  • Svyato-Vvedensky Convent

    Visit the Svyato-Vvedensky Convent and its beautiful Presentation of Virgin Mary Church.