The cradle of the empire, golden bell towers, gypsies: 9 amazing sights of Kostroma

Why did Russian emperors consider it important to visit Kostroma at least once in their lives?

What skillful jewelers forgot in a city where there is no no gold, no silver, no precious stones? And how are the Snow Maiden and ancient Russian legends related? “Around the World” tells about the jewelry capital of Russia.

The cradle of the empire, golden bell towers, gypsies: 9 amazing sights of Kostroma

Imperialist variant

Ivan IV the Terrible left a strange legacy to the Russian tsardom in the form of the Time of Troubles, Boris Godunov and the False Dmitrievs, but did not leave direct heirs, while the state had to fight either the Polish interventionists or the famine.

As a result at the Zemsky Sobor in 1613, ambassadors from all over the kingdom elected 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov as tsar, hiding from the hype in the Ipatiev Monastery near Kostroma.

The cradle of the empire, golden bell towers, gypsies: 9 amazing sights of Kostroma

Kostroma are proud of this fact and echo the Romanov dynasty, who called their city the cradle of the imperial family. It is worth going to the Ipatiev Monastery to feel the splendor and coolness of the wooden walls of the cells, which are replaced by the white stone vaults of the temple, the gold domes and crosses. Just do not forget that the monastery is active and you need to observe reverence in clothes.

However, not only the young betrothed tsar was not happy with his burden: having learned that Mikhail Fedorovich was in Kostroma, the Polish-Lithuanian detachment decided to capture and destroy the “upstart”. And then an ordinary peasant and the hero of future jokes stood up for the fate of the Russian state – Ivan Susanin, who did not betray the prince even under torture. According to another version of the legend, the peasant did not agree to show the foreigners the way and deliberately led them into the swamp.

The main square of Kostroma is named today in honor of the hero and savior of the Romanov family. By the way, the square got its strange shape (the largest streets of the city originate from it) thanks to Catherine II: when the Empress was passing through here, she was asked what a beautiful city center should look like.

At that moment, Catherine dropped the fan, and the officials took the gesture as a guide to action. On Susaninskaya Square in Kostroma there is a fire tower and monuments to a dove, a cat, the already named folk hero and the Snow Maiden …

…And nothing that would indicate that Kostroma is a jewelry capital. Meanwhile, jewelers appeared here long before the story with the Grand Duke: they forged and sculpted jewelry in filigree and other techniques. Until now, in fact, half of the Russian jewelry market is the work of Kostroma craftsmen and companies.

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