Kostroma - Russia, West

Kostroma is situated 186 miles from Moscow at the confluence of the Kostroma and the Volga River. It has been a settlement since the 12th century and its key position on the Volga trade route caused bitter struggles among Novgorod, Tver, and Moscow and it was annexed by Moscow in 1329. The city's cathedral, dating from 1239 and rebuilt in 1773, is situated in the kremlin (fortress) and is a fine example of old Russian architecture. Also worth a visit is the golden-domed Ipatievsky Monastery.