Ivanovo

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"Textile Capital", "City of Brides", "Calico Land". These are different names for the small city of Ivanovo, one of the cities in the Golden Ring of Russia. It is the youngest city in the ring. Ivanovo celebrated its 145th birthday this year. The city is situated in the central part of the country on the river Uvod, three hundred kilometers from Moscow.
Calico Land

Textile Capital

Where Ivanovo now stands there used to be two settlements - Ivanovo village on the right side of the river, and Voznesenskoye village on the left. Later those villages formed a city where Russia's first printed cotton and linen production immediately started. By the early nineteenth century Ivanovo already held more than a hundred factories! The factories’ goods were so outstanding that the local textiles were in demand not just domestically, but also from abroad. For example, Ivanovo cotton was rather popular in England. It should be noted that Ivanovo still remains the center of the textile industry in Russia.

It is not difficult to guess that one of the stops on the excursion is the Calico Museum. You will learn how the textile industry emerged and developed in Ivanovo, examine the samples of some ancient textiles, and see the English looms of the nineteenth century.

Most of the cities of the Golden Ring are rich in religious sites. Unfortunately, a significant portion of Ivanovo’s churches were destroyed after the 1917 October Revolution. Among the remaining temples we highlight the Vvedensky convent. It was built not too long ago alongside the Vvedensky temple, which for a long time served as the archives for the local KGB representatives. Now the convent is actively involved in charity work.

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the only wooden church in Ivanovo. During its life the temple has suffered a lot of difficulties, and miraculously survived the Second World War. Here you can admire a collection of the most beautiful icons.

One can often see the house-ship and the house-horseshoe in tourists’ photos taken in Ivanovo. The former forms the shape of a ship, and the latter resembles a horseshoe.

The houses were built in the 1930s and belong to the era of constructivism. The main features of this style are the exactness, sharp forms, and sturdiness.

The oldest brick building in Ivanovo, and also one of its symbols - is Schudrovskaya Palatka.

Palatka was built in the late seventeenth century, long before the city emerged. It was a repository of sovereign certificates, credit and debit books, and the village of Ivanovo was governed from there.

The tourist infrastructure in Ivanovo is developing rapidly. New hotels, entertainment centers, cafes, and restaurants open every year. With just a pocket guide you will find places to rest or a good coffee shop with ease. It’s very convenient to travel around the Golden Ring with a tour package, because you will not have to look for a place to stay. The organizers of the trip will take care of it in advance.

Ivanovo is rich not only in industrial facilities, but also in cultural events. Namely, in late May the city hosts the Zerkalo Film Festival named after the Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky . June is marked by the Antifabrika rock festival. The annual military event, The Open Sky, starts in August. It includes the performance of airborne troops, a military hardware show, and much more.

In the city of Ples, not far from the Oblast’s capital, the fashion festival "Ples on the Volga. Flax Palette” has become a tradition.

You will be surely be interested in the area surrounding Ivanovo, like the museum town Ples, which is situated on the banks of the Volga River. You may want to stay here for more than a day, because there are plenty of attractions in this small, green town. In Ples you will find various memorials and monuments, the house-museum of the Russian painter Isaac Levitan, several temples, and much more.

The villages of Palekh and Kholui are the centers of icon painting and lacquer miniatures. They are active museums and artists' studios.

Ivanovo is unlike any other city in the Golden Ring. It is unique, distinct, and never fails to elicit positive emotions. And yet it is still called the city of brides in Russia. This is because the textile factories originally employed mainly women. The demographic imbalance increased even more after World War II, when a substantial part of the male population did not return home. Today the Ivanovo region continues to rank first in terms of the disproportion between women and men.



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