Kostroma Region is a subject of the Russian Federation included into the Central Federal District. Kostroma territories are the second largest in Russia after Tver lands — 60.2 thousand km² in area; the population is 786 thousand residents.
The region shares borders with Vologda Region in the north, Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod Regions in the south, Yaroslavl Region in the west and Kirov Region in the east.
The climate is moderately continental. Average temperatures: January —12°С, July +18°С.
Kostroma Region forms a part of the Central Federal District of the Russian Federation. It was formally established on August 13, 1944.
Kostroma, the administrative center of the region, is located in its south-western part, at the crossing of the Volga and the Kostroma rivers (330 km north-east from Moscow, at Kostromskaya bottomland and on both banks of the Volga and the old Kostroma River entry).
Kostroma is one of the most ancient towns of Russia, almost as old as Moscow. In recent years, it has gained more popularity among tourists due to amazing architecture and renascent grand monasteries supported by the state for the purposes of restoration. Kostroma is also a major center of textile and leather production.
A trip to Kostroma will be especially interesting for history lovers and researchers keen on viewing antique items and comparing the works of the old masters with their present-day analogues.
The major attraction of Kostroma is Ipatiev Monastery, one of the most ancient in Russia. It was founded in 1330 by a Tatar Mirza Chet. Today the monastery functions and comprises a museum and a religious center.
The region’s craftsmen have always had a reputation of perfect constructors, icon painters, skinners, smiths, jewelers and weavers. Kostroma soap was famous all over the country; many Russian households used Kostroma weights and locks.
The town enjoys many parks and forests serving a leisure area for the town’s guests and residents; environmental conditions are beneficial for living.
Kostroma boasts its sauna tours featuring reasonable prices and high level services.
Along the shores of the Volga and the Kostroma, several churches are situated. On the place of the former Leather Settlement, at the Volga embankment, there is the church of Resurrection on Debra built in 1645-1651. It is the only church of the 17th century preserved in the town. The church’s construction and decorations encourage the impression of a remarkably light, smart-looking and festive building.
Kostroma is a small town with a 400 thousand population. Two — three days are enough to visit all the local sights. For those who plan to spend more time in Kostroma, the town will offer plenty of cultural facilities. The picturesque area is perfect for environmental tourism, excursions, exciting travelling and active leisure!
For more detailed information on the Region, please refer to Internet resources of governmental authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.