Ipatiev Monastery

Kostroma, Russia

The Ipatiev Monastery is a male monastery situated on the bank of the Kostroma River just opposite the city of Kostroma. It was founded around 1330 by a Tatar convert, Prince Chet, whose male-line descendants include Solomonia Saburova and Boris Godunov.

In 1435, Vasily II concluded a peace with his cousin Vasily Kosoy there. At that time, the cloister was a notable centre of learning. It was here that Nikolay Karamzin discovered a set of three 14th-century chronicles, including the Primary Chronicle, now known as the Hypatian Codex.

During the Time of Troubles in Russia, the Ipatiev Monastery was occupied by the supporters of False Dmitriy II in the spring of 1609. In September of that same year, the monastery was captured by the Muscovite army after a long siege. On March 14, 1613, the Zemsky Sobor announced that Mikhail Romanov, who had been in this monastery at that time, would be the Russian tsar.

Most of the monastery buildings date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Trinity Cathedral is famous for its elaborately painted interior. A smaller church was demolished by the Soviet authorities. There are plans to reconstruct it and consecrate it to the New Martyrs of the Romanov family. The main entrance from the riverside was designed by the celebrated Konstantin Thon. A private house of Mikhail Romanov was restored on the orders of Alexander II of Russia, but even Konstantin Pobedonostsev questioned the authenticity of this reconstruction.

The Ipatiev Monastery was disbanded after the October Revolution in 1917. It has been a part of the historical and architectural preservation, but recently the authorities decided to return it to the Russian Orthodox Church, despite strong opposition from museum officials.

In September 2002 one of the most prominent museum exhibits, the large wooden church (1628) from Spas-Vezhi village, was destroyed by fire.

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Founded: 1330
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Gulnara Okhramenko (4 months ago)
A unique place with a lot to see inside and outside
Simon Weppel (4 months ago)
Interesting but I thought it was less beautiful than e.g. Rostov Velikiy. Popular with local tourists.
Sébastien Mangeant (6 months ago)
Amazing monastery! Can't share pictures from inside as it wasn't allowed, it's amazing
Ainis Huzárs (15 months ago)
Awesome place to visit.
Dieter Haas (2 years ago)
A very special and historical place in Russia, very famous view from outside. The place is a museum now, not an active monastery, so we did not get the same feeling like in real monasteries and other holy places. But a must-visit while in Kostroma
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