One of the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, Kostroma is a major river port located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma rivers. The city of Kostroma is 340km northeast from Moscow and 811km southeast from Saint-Petersburg. Filming in Kostroma is very cheap (accommodation, transport.
Originally Kostroma was an important trading spot for merchants from all over Russia and thus is famous for its Trading Arcades: an open vaulted gallery in the historical center of the city, Susaninskaya square.
Nowadays this building is a market. You can buy here local hand-crafted cheese, textile and jewelry.
The Ipatiev Monastery: a huge male monastery built in the XIV c. with richly decorated temples.
The Resurrection Church on the Lowlands: a XVII c. temple with a big iconostasis and frescoes.
St. John Zlatoust Church: a Baroque temple situated in the center of the city.
Bogoyavlensky Convent: one of the biggest Orthodox convents in Russia
The city also has a synagogue built entirely of wood.
‘Kostroma’s Sloboda’ is a museum of vernacular wooden architecture, one of the first open-air museums in Russia. With its wooden churches and houses, it offers a glimpse into the life of the ancient Russian countryside. The Museum is very much suitable for filming traditional activity, particularly during celebrations and festivals organized there throughout the year.