Kostroma region is a picturesque land in Central Russia. It is rich in natural
resources,' unique monuments of architecture, cultural traditionsand hospitable
inhabitants. This place can attract the most demanding travellers. This is a
wildlife sanctuary, a great number of architectural monuments and people, whose
talent, creativity and heroism glorified and continue to glorify this land.
The regional centre Kostroma founded in 1152 is located 320 km from Moscow.
Everybody knows the famous Russian playwright Alexander N. Ostrovsky. But few
people are aware that Ostrovsky's homeland, country estate Shchelykovo, is located
in Kostroma region. Shchelykovo has been perfectly preserved: the picturesque
nature, the pacifying atmosphere of this Russian country estate and the inhabitants
inspired the playwright to create the beautiful romantic fairy tale "The
Snow Maiden". In Shchelykovo, one can walk along quiet alleys, visit the
Blue House of the Snow Maiden, climb up to the two-storeyed Snow Maiden's rotunda,
or scoop some ice cold waterfrom the Blue Spring.
Shchelykovo is not the only place in Kostroma region closely linked with Father
Frost's fairy tale granddaughter. In the picturesque park called Berendei Kingdom
in Kostroma there are wooden huts, in which according to the fairy tale of Snow
Maiden the Berendeis - kind and cheerful people -lived. These huts served as
the scenery to the movie version of Ostrovsky's "Snow Maiden"shot
in Kostroma region.
The Snow Maiden's fairy-tale House is located on the picturesque bank of the
Volga river. The owner of the House welcomes her visitors there, acquaints them
with her fairy-tale friends, and shows them the magic mirror and the desk where
she writes letters to children. When saying good¬bye to you the Snow Maiden
sprinklessome snowon you, you will have good luck the whole year. By the way,
you can celebrate the New Year at the Snow Maiden's House not only in winter
but in any season!
An annual contest called Kostroma Snow Maiden is held in Kostroma on the eve
of the New Year, where clever and beautiful girls, who come from all over Kostroma
region and the neighbouring areas, show the talents and skills. The winner of
the contest is awarded an honourable title of Kostroma Snow Maiden. In Kostroma
region there are a lot of other museums. All the year round fascinating events
and interactive programs take place there for visitors of any age, where the
Snow Maiden and other characters of fairy tales participate.
Arriving in Kostroma you find yourselves in a real magic fairy-tale atmosphere,
which delights children and takes adults in the forgotten childhood for a short
time, and this fairy tale will remain in their hearts forever!