Name: Irina Yemets

Age: 37

Profession: Documentary photographer

City: Kostroma

How long have you been doing photography? What type of photography most interests you? Since 2012. Documentary photography and portraits.

Your website? http://www.irinaemetc.com

Instagram? iraemets

Can you give us a short description of your city? Kostroma was founded in 1152 and is situated on the banks of the Volga River. It is part of the Golden Ring tourist route and was the hometown of the Romanov family. Kostroma is the only city in Russia where historical buildings are preserved in the first three blocks of the city center. Kostroma is also the hometown of Snegurochka, the granddaughter of Father Frost, and it is the jewelry capital of Russia: 56 percent of all gold or silver jewelry is made here. The city is also famous for its cheese. 

What is something about your area that only locals would know? (1) All residents of Kostroma know the shortcut to Moscow. It's the one that Ivan Susanin showed the Poles. (2) If you don't have anywhere to stay, the residents of the Kostroma shelter will let you stay in their boiler room.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your area? The Ipatyevsky Monastery and Anastasinsky Convent; the Museum of Wooden Architecture, where they have brought in from all over the region wooden houses belonging to all levels of society, from a peasant's house to the house of a landowner, to a wooden church built in 1713; the Church of the Resurrection on the Debra River; the trading rows which have been standing since 1789; the Noble Assembly and Romanov Museum; one of Russia's first drama theaters; Ostrovsky's alcover on the city embankment; Snegurochka's House; the Flax Museum; the Museum of Theatrical Costumes; the Museum of the Foreign City Leader; the city's market, where farmers, antique dealers and others gather from all over the region.

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