Ipatiev Monastery (Holy Trinity Ipatievsky Orthodox Monastery) is located near the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma rivers. According to one of the versions, the monastery was founded around 1330 by Tatar Mirza Chet, the ancestor of Godunovs family, who escaped from the Golden Horde to Ivan Kalita and was converted to Christianity in Moscow, receiving the name of Zacharias. According to another legend, the monastery was founded in 1275 by Prince Vasily (Yaroslavich) of Kostroma, brother of Alexander Nevsky, who has become the Grand Prince of Vladimir, but preferred to live in Kostroma. After the death of Prince Vasily and the abolition of Kostroma principality, the monastery came under the patronage of the Godunovs family. Mikhail Romanov with his mother a nun Martha, expelled by Godunov, lived for more than six years in the monastery cloisters, built in 1583. Along with the Romanov dynasty coming to power, the Ipatiev monastery acquired new powerful patrons. 14 Feb 1613, Mikhail Romanov was enthroned in a solemn ceremony in the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the monastery. The monastery took a special position as a "cradle of the Romanov dynasty". Each of the monarchs considered his duty to visit the monastery during his ascension to the throne. The main shrines of the temple are the miraculous Tikhvin-Ipatiev icon of the Mother of God, the relics of saint Hypatius of Gangra, part of the Seamless Robe of Jesus and the stone from the Ipatiev house execution room. Nowadays, from the monastery original structures, were preserved  the golden-domed Trinity Cathedral, defensive towers and walls, bishops housing and the gate church of the saints Chrysanthus and Daria. On the territory of the monastery there are several ancient wooden churches, brought here from the surrounding villages.

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