Kostroma is one of the oldest Russian towns, an administrative, cultural and industrial centre of its region and a major point of the Golden Ring route. The city is located at the confluence of Volga and Kostroma rivers, 340 km north-east of Moscow. There are about 278 thousand people living in Kostroma. Kostroma is home to Russian cheeses, fine linen clothes and is a centre for jewellery. There are many historical pconnections, such as the poet Nicolai Nekrasov, artist Boris Kustodiev, creator of the Moscow Tretyakov Gallery Pavel Tretyakov, philosopher Vasily Rozanov. Kostroma is also the birthplace of Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden), a unique character of Russian fairy-tales and a helper of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost, a Russian Santa Claus) during his busy season on New Year eve.

"KOSTROMA" is the name of an internationally acclaimed dance troup which perfomrs all over the world. The troupe  is named after the place of its birth and the cradle of the Romanov dynasty, an ancient Russian town situated on the banks of the great Volga river.

Fire watch tower from 19th century in central city

Of course there is a Kremlin!!

Late 19th century exports contrasting with ballerina Pavlova!

Tranquil rural scenes of yesteryear.