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  • 269,000 (data from 2010)
  • 1213 year
  • 144.5 sq.km
  • 57° 46' N 40° 56' E

The capital of Kostroma Region

The rise of the city in the Upper Volga is referred to at the beginning of the 17th century. The first tsar of the Romanov dynasty, Mikhail, before being elected to the throne, lived in the Ipatiev Monastery near Kostroma. Since then, Kostroma became revered as the "cradle" of the Romanov dynasty. Already in the mid-17th century, Kostroma was the third city of the state, after Moscow and Yaroslavl. Subsequently, the city served as a major trading harbour on the Volga River, and was one of the centres of the textile industry.

Now Kostroma is a major tourist centre, and part of the "Golden Ring of Russia", and one of the prettiest towns on the Volga.

Kostroma is the birthplace of skater and 1994 Olympic champion Aleksandr Golubev, and skier and Winter Olympics runner Anatoly Shelyukhin

Interesting Facts

In 1913, Kostroma became the centre of all-Russian celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.

Actor and founder of the Russian theatre Fedor Volkov was born in Kostroma.

The central part of Kostroma is unusual in Russia for its radial layout. From the central area, other streets radiate out. According to legend, the author of this urban concept was Catherine II, who visited the city. The empress simply opened her fan, and said to local architects "Build it like that."

The city is known as the birthplace of famous cheese in Russia, which was launched by Russian cheese pioneer Nikolay Vereshchagin in the 1880s. The quality of local cheese is very similar to Dutch cheese production.

The appearance of the Snow Maiden character is connected to Kostroma, according to the people of the city. The city has a "Snow Maiden" museum.

News and events

The Olympic flame visited Kostroma
Kostroma, 18.10.2013 20:14
The ancient city provided the Relay participants with an environmentally friendly transport. The torchbearers raced on three horses, in the carriage and even in the old boat.
The "Faces of the Olympic Torch Relay" opened in Kostroma
Kostroma, 07.09.2013 16:41
A photo exhibition of the Olympic Torch Relay torchbearers opened with professional figure roller blading, fast paced laps performed on roller skis, firework displays and dance flash mobs.
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