Ipatievsky Monastery

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Ipatiev Monastery
Ipatiev Monastery 1.jpg
The monastery as seen from across the Kostroma River
Ipatievsky Monastery is located in Russia
Ipatievsky Monastery
Location within Russia
Monastery information
Established1330 (or 1275)
Founder(s)Zacharias, nobleman of Kostroma
LocationKostroma, Russia
Coordinates57°46′35″N 40°53′40″E / 57.77639°N 40.89444°E / 57.77639; 40.89444Coordinates: 57°46′35″N 40°53′40″E / 57.77639°N 40.89444°E / 57.77639; 40.89444

The Ipatiev Monastery (Russian: Ипатьевский монастырь), sometimes translated into English as Hypatian Monastery, is a male monastery situated on the bank of the Kostroma River just opposite the city of Kostroma. It was founded around 1330 by a Tatar convert, Prince Chet, whose male-line descendants include Solomonia Saburova and Tsar Boris Godunov, and is dedicated to St. Hypatios of Gangra.


In 1435, Vasily II concluded a peace with his cousin Vasily Kosoy there. At that time, the cloister was a notable centre of learning. It was here that Nikolay Karamzin discovered a set of three 14th-century chronicles, including the Primary Chronicle, now known as the Hypatian Codex.

During the Time of Troubles in Russia, the Ipatiev Monastery was occupied by the supporters of False Dmitriy II in the spring of 1609. In September of that same year, the monastery was captured by the Muscovite army after a long siege. On March 14, 1613, the Zemsky Sobor announced that Mikhail Romanov, who was in this monastery at the time, would be the Russian tsar.

Most of the monastery buildings date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Trinity Cathedral is famous for its elaborately painted interior. The church of the Nativity of the Mother of God was rebuilt by the celebrated Konstantin Thon at the request of Tsar Nicholas I to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the House of Romanov. The Soviet authorities demolished it in 1932, but it was rebuilt in 2013. The main entrance from the riverside was also designed by Konstantin Thon. A private house of Mikhail Romanov was restored on the orders of Tsar Alexander II, though the authenticity of the reconstruction was questioned by Konstantin Pobedonostsev .[1]

The Ipatiev Monastery was disbanded after the October Revolution in 1917. It has been a part of the historical and architectural preservation, but recently the authorities decided to return it to the Russian Orthodox Church, despite strong opposition from museum officials.

In September 2002, one of the most prominent museum exhibits, the large wooden church (1628) from Spas-Vezhi village, was destroyed by fire.[2]


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