The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire


The main square is named after a peasant who in 1613 led the invading Poles, who were hunting the newly-elected tsar, Mikhail Feodorovitch, in quite the wrong direction. When the Poles discovered the treachery, they hacked the poor man to pieces. 

The grand princes have been building here since the 13th century, and it was here, in this terraced, church-studded city, that Mikhail Feodorovitch accepted the crown, establishing the Romanov dynasty.

Did he do it graciously? The Handbook didn't say.

Anyway, I breezed past the Romanov Museum on Pavlovskaya, preferring to enter the Ipatiyev Monastery with the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The cathedral, like the monastery, and like Kostroma itself, is a pastiche of initiation, rebuilding, and reimagining. A heady mixture.
Distance from Tver: 523 versts

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