Ipatievsky Monastery, The Great Christian Shrine In Russia (Picture: Ksenia)

KOSTROMA – The main attraction of the city, Ipatievsky Monastery, is situated at the confluence of the Volga and the Kostroma. Its white stone walls with towers and the domes of the cathedral look very picturesque against the backdrop of amazing landscapes.

The church was founded in the early Middle Ages, the 14th century. According to the legend it was founded by the Tatar prince Chet, who adopted Christianity under the name of Zechariah. In 1613 the monastery was the place where Moscow boyars came to invite Mikhail Romanov to become the new ruler.

As a result, the first prayer of thanksgiving was prayed in Trinity Church to mark the salvation of Russia from the turmoil the coming of the new ruling dynasty. After that event, the monastery became a holy place for the Romanov dynasty. There, for many years the Fyodorovskaya icon of the Mother of God, the patroness of the new royal family was kept.

For more than three centuries, the Ipatiev Monastery was in a privileged position. In May 1913, it became the center of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Romanovs’ Royal House.

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