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Monastery of st Ipaty

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Address: Prosveshheniya St, 1, Kostroma 156004, Russia
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+7 494 231-25-89

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Absolutely amazing. Seriously, no words. My suggestion is to go there as soon as possible. It opens at 10 AM. They give you free scarves in order to enter the monastery.

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Jasmine C
Rome, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing. Seriously, no words. My suggestion is to go there as soon as possible. It opens at 10 AM. They give you free scarves in order to enter the monastery.

Thank Jasmine C
Moscow, Russia
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139 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

One of the most beautiful and well preserved and restored old Russian churches. The place is not big so 1-2 hrs will be enough for a visit. Make sure to use a local guide - they have some good stories about this place.

Thank Dmitri K
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215 reviews
187 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Kostroma is my most northerly point on the Golden Ring. It's a nice town on the banks of Kostroma and Volga rivers. The Volga here is so blue and peaceful. Monastery of St Ipaty is a walled complex sitting beautifully on the river bank. Very beautiful inside the complex. There's also a small museum which shouldn't be missed.

Thank GoranWembley
Fort Worth, Texas
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2015

We enjoyed touring this large monastery with its beautiful church and associated museums. 20 min walk from city center across the bridge over the Kostroma River. Also on bus route 14. Skirts provided for women who need them.

Thank AmericanKot
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

It is interesting but this Monastry is much more beautiful from a distance (namely from another cost of Volga river. Similar Monastry in Sergiev Posad or in Seliger region is more interesting. Museums in this Monastry is more about Romanov's dynasty then about Russian Orthodocs Chorch.

Thank Andrei G
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

At the entrance you are asked to buy tickets. If you don't want to visit museums, ignore itand go in. They will probably say that tickets are obligatory and you won't get anywhere, but it is not true. You can visit the monastery and its territory free of charge. The monastery itself is nothing special, an average Russian church.

Thank Egor Т
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015

You can ignore tickets at entry. Just explain that you don't want to visit museum. Museum demonstrates 3 examples of pechka and 2 arm-chairs. So no worth to visit at all. All other objects are free for visiting, well, average Russian rich monastery.

1 Thank Alexei C
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2015

The staff at the monastery are very helpful and enthusiastic about sharing information about the monastery with you. It's very peaceful and beautiful set on the Volga river. The central cathedral has beautiful frescoes.

Thank SiobhanEK
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 11 November 2014

Lovely monastery with an interesting museum collection and beautiful views of the river and from the river. The best pictures can be taken at the winter from the frozen river. All of the usual rules for visiting orthodox monastery apply: if you're a woman, make sure to have a head cover and wear skirt below your knees. Some wrap skirts... More 

Thank Tinde_K
Moscow, Russia
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49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2014

A beautiful monastery by the riverside. It also has a nice museum with a big collection of artefacts regarding orthodox christianity. A must visit if passing this town and should be followed up with a meal on one of the floating restaurants on the Volga river.

Thank Sumit J

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