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.


Basic facts
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)
First mentioned 1213
Founded 1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky
Titles/Awards Historical City of Russia, Golden Ring City
City Day Last Saturday in August
Official Website http://www.gradkostroma.ru

Top recommendations in Kostroma

  • Susanin Square

    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.

  • Ipatievsky Monastery

    Visit the beautiful Ipatievsky Monastery which has connections with the Romanovs.

  • Bogoyavlensko-Anastasiin Convent

    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.