The Ipatievsky Monastery
The Ipatievsky Monastery Kostroma Reviews
Surprisingly beautiful, especially on the inside Aug 10, 2007
The Ipatievsky Monastery was – despite it had the hundredth onion domes we saw - surprisingly beautiful, especially on the inside. When the monastery was founded it only consisted of wooden buildings and fortifications, but it was completely rebuilt in the 16th century. The monastery was making quite some money on the land, the peasants and taxes, so the monks could easily afford to build the impressive Trinity Cathedral and the large stone walls.
This Trinity Cathedral was originally built in 1586, but in 1649 it was blown up by an accidental explosion of gunpowder that was stored in the basements. In 1652 the Romanovs had the cathedral rebuilt, its interior got elaborately painted by famous Russian painters, making the cathedral famous in entire Russia.
I liked the exhibitions of old articles of use and decorative items, some dating back to the start of the monastery, but most from the 16th and 17th century. I also loved the exterior or the Romanov Boyar Palace, because it looked both modern and exotic, but still managed to match the rest of the buildings at the complex. There’s also a wooden house of Mikhail Romanov, but it is not that impressive and it is highly debated whether it is the real deal.
Part of the Western Russia 2007 travel blog
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