What to see in Kolomna: 26 best sights

Kolomna sights

All the most interesting sights of Kolomna gathered on one map for easy orientation, to museums, churches, interesting objects are given detailed descriptions and photos, where necessary, listed opening hours and prices for entrance tickets.

Kolomna is a small town two hours from Moscow. However, do not let its modest size confuse you – there are so many attractions that Kolomna can easily compete with any of the major tourist centers of the country. The city has a long history full of triumphal and tragic events.

According to recent excavations, the foundation of the city dates back to 1140-1160 years, which makes it one of the oldest in the Moscow region.

Kolomna is the best place for a day trip or a short holiday. There are a lot not only architectural monuments and interesting museums but also parks, green zones and squares (the Peace Park, squares of Zaytsev and Bluedechko, the Memorial Park). In summer, the city is buried in greenery, and walking through its ancient streets is especially pleasant.

Also in Kolomna in the warm season there are various festivals, including literary, musical, historical. In general, travelers speak of the city as a very talented, creative – on the one hand, well-maintained, clean, well-appointed – on the other.

To form your own image of the city, we recommend reading reviews of the sights of Kolomna. In them the authors share their impressions of the trip. Perhaps such reading will inspire to compose your own route.

What to see in Kolomna. Where to go

The Kolomna Kremlin is the most important historical monument of Kolomna. Its territory is open to all guests every day.

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    As already mentioned, Kolomna is compact and all the interesting places can be seen in one day if you arrive early in the morning and stay until the evening when most of the museums are closed.

    The main attraction is the Kolomna Kremlin, a partially preserved monument of ancient Russian defensive architecture. It occupies an impressive area and is one of the city’s quarters, so you can move around its territory quite freely.

    The Kolomna Kremlin complex brings together four dozen buildings, including houses of historical value, churches and cathedrals, towers and monuments. If you do not pay close attention to each of them and just walk around, taking pictures, it is quite possible to fit in two or three hours.

    The rest of the time should be devoted to visiting museums. They are remarkable in Kolomna, and that is no exaggeration. They are devoted to a variety of subjects and phenomena – pastilles, soap, samovars, toys and the Soviet era. Some museums offer theatrical tours, and that in itself is a fascinating spectacle. Excursions usually last one to one and a half hours, so it is important to fit the schedule correctly in order to leave in time (make an appointment in advance). The nice thing is that all the museums are within walking distance of each other.

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    What to see in Kolomna first of all: the Kremlin, merchants’ houses and historic temples, museums of various subjects, city sculptures and other important sights.

    Kolomna Kremlin

    The Kremlin in Kolomna was built during the reign of Vasily III, in 1525-1531, and for its time was one of the largest, most powerful fortresses. It was built on the site of the wooden Kremlin, which was destroyed and burned down during raids.

    A view of the Cathedral Square of the Kolomna Kremlin from the Faceted Tower

    View of Cathedral Square of the Kolomna Kremlin from the Granovitaya Tower © Irina Dementieva

    Area of the Kolomna Kremlin is 24 hectares, and the total length of its walls – 1940 meters, the height of the walls in different sections is 18 to 21 meters and their thickness is from 3 to 4.5 meters. Historically the Kremlin had 16 towers, of which only 7 have survived. The most important historical, architectural and cultural monument within the Kremlin is a complex of churches: Assumption Cathedral with a bell tower, Novogolutvinsky monastery, Resurrection and Tikhvin churches, Church of Nicola the Guest, Church of the Exaltation of the Cross and Assumption Brusensky monastery.

    Assumption Cathedral in Kolomna

    The Dormition Cathedral of Kolomna is on the Sobornaya Square of the Kremlin and is the dominant feature of its ensemble. The three-domed church on this site was founded by Prince Dmitry Donskoy in 1379, and it was painted by Theophanes the Greek. In the second half of the XVII century the church became dilapidated and could not be rebuilt. In 1672-1682, under the supervision of architect Meletiy Alekseev, a cathedral was built in its place.

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    The first relic of the temple was the Donskaya Icon of the Mother of God, which accompanied Dmitry Donskov during the victorious Kulikovo Battle. In its restored form, the Dormition Cathedral in Kolomna has been in operation since 1999.

    Marinka’s Tower

    The most famous surviving towers of the Kolomna Kremlin are the Granovitaya Tower, in which the center of Russian military culture is held these days, and the Marinkina Chamber, which is steeped in legends. It is the Marinkina Chamber that tourists are often interested in. According to legend, Marina Mnishek, wife of False Dmitri I, was in the tower and died there, and the tower was named after this event. The legend that the famous prisoner escaped her fate and escaped captivity through the loophole window is still alive: she turned into a magpie and flew away.

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    The Marinka’s Tower also had other names: Kolomenskaya – because of its proximity to the river Kolomenka; Kruglaya – as it seemed from a distance, although in fact it was 12-sided; Naugolnaya – because of its location in the northwest corner of the Kremlin.

    Kuprin’s House in Kolomna

    A historic wooden private house with a mezzanine in the heart of the Kolomna Kremlin, on Sobornaya Square, attracts attention immediately, and becomes even more interesting when you get acquainted with its history. The house, which has been preserved almost unchanged till our days, was built in the XIX century and belonged to the family of a collegiate assessor S. G. Nat, who was related to the writer A. I. Kuprin, he often visited and even lived here permanently for two years.

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    That is why the cozy house with a mezzanine today is known as Kuprin’s House, but the most unusual thing is that it did not become a memorial museum, but you can visit it inside and even more – stay overnight. There is a small hotel in Kuprin’s house, the interiors are simple and modest, the historical details are preserved.

    Shevlyagin Basin

    The unusual name hides a monument to the unique historical Kolomna water supply system, or more precisely – the water standpipes of the early 20th century. In pre-revolutionary Kolomna there were six such columns, or basseks, and they were named after the patron of the arts, on whose money they were created – Maria Shevlyagina.

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    Located Shevlyaginskaya basseka on the Artillerymen’s Lane, opposite the museum-factory of marshmallow. It is remarkable that it is not just a monument: the pool is working, connected to the city water supply system, so you can come and drink or take a drink of water.

    Monument to the Water Carrier

    There are not many urban sculptures in Kolomna, and the more interesting and remarkable is the Monument to Vodovozoz, located in the most appropriate place for it – on Vodovozniy Lane, on the bank of the Moskva River. Vodovozers used to collect water in barrels from the river, deliver it to the inhabitants of the city, and sell it in buckets. The profession was relevant until the beginning of the 20th century, before the construction of the water pipeline.

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    The Kolomna monument is a water carrier in typical clothing, with a barrel and a dog next to him. The author of the composition is blacksmith A. Yakushev, the monument was installed in 2012.

    Lazhechnikov Manor

    One of the few surviving merchant estates of the 18th century. The museum in the Lazhechnikovs’ Estate is a part of the Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “Kolomensky Kremlin”, open since 2010.

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    The permanent exhibition of the museum “Kolomna of bygone centuries” is dedicated to the history of the Kolomna merchant class of the XVIII-XIX centuries, as well as the life and works of writer I. Lazhechnikov. On the same street is located Mokeeva manor – now the library named after I. I. Lazhechnikov, and a small museum.

    Monument to Cyril and Methodius

    The monument to the creators of the Slavic alphabet was unveiled in Kolomna in 2007, its authors – sculptor A. Rozhnikov and architect M. Tikhomirov. Walking around the city it is difficult to forget this monument, as it is located on Sobornaya Square, near the hipped bell tower of the Assumption Cathedral.

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    Sculptural composition: a cross, towering over the figures of saints, St. Cyril is depicted with an alphabet scroll in his hands, and St. Methodius – with the Gospel.

    Mokeev Manor

    The manor complex of the early XIX century is located opposite the Granovita Tower of the Kremlin, on Oktyabrskaya Revolution Street. The merchant Mokeev built himself the main house, outbuilding and a couple of stables. The next owner of a well located estate went down in history – I.I. Lazhechnikov, one of the founding writers of the Russian historical novel.

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    In 1899, the first public library in Kolomna, named after I.I. Lazhechnikov, was opened. Since 2005, a small, stylish library museum, decorated by designers from Moscow, has been working in the mansion.

    Mozgov House

    Classical noble mansion in the Kolomna Kremlin on Lazarev Street – Mozgov’s House – was built in the first half of the XIX century in the traditions of classicism. However the house never became a family estate, its tenants were changed several times, and the house was called after the name of its last owner.

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    Mozgov’s house is a part of an ensemble of three neighboring buildings in classicist style: together with Krestovozdvizhenskaya church and Lukovnikov’s house.

    Epiphany Old Golutvin Monastery

    This ancient monastery is located in the southeastern part of the city, this is the outskirts of Kolomna at the place where the Moscow River flows into the Oka. Golutvin Monastery was founded back in 1385, and the qualification “Staro-” was added to the name at the turn of the XVIII-XIX centuries, when the Novo-Golutvin Monastery of the Holy Trinity was formed on the territory of the Kremlin.

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    The main church of the Staro-Golutvinsky Monastery is the Epiphany Cathedral, erected at the beginning of the XVIII century on the site of the first stone church of the monastic complex. Later there were built fencing with towers, western and eastern corps with belfry, Sergievsky church with abbot’s building adjoining to it, and household outbuildings.

    Novo-Golutvin Monastery

    The monastery was founded within the Kolomna Kremlin, on the territory of the former archpriest’s house after the abolition of the Kolomna diocese in 1799. The oldest buildings of the Bishop’s House, which joined the new monastery, are the white-stone building of the Bishop’s Chambers and the Trinity Cathedral, built in 1705.

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    The nunnery is female, there live more than 80 nuns. In the monastery there are workshops, a kennel of dogs and horses, as well as a hotel and a refectory for pilgrims. In addition to the Trinity Cathedral, the temple ensemble includes the Church of the Intercession and the bell tower.

    Church of St. Nicholas on the Posad

    One of the oldest churches of Kolomna adorns Posadskaya street, the place explains its name: the Church of Nicholas the Wonderworker on Posad. Built a beautiful stone church in the style of Moscow patterns in 1716-1719.

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    St. Nicholas Church is famous for its architectural details: beautiful finishing with brick carvings and especially the top of 105 corbel arches and “bundle” pentacup. The cibs and corbel arches were restored during the Soviet restoration of the church. Now the church is managed by an Old Believer community.

    Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of 1832-1837 in the Kolomensky Kremlin, right behind the Pyatnitsky Gate on Isayev Street. In terms of architecture the church is rather unusual: it was built in the classicism style and crowned with a massive domed rotunda and the bell tower is connected with a passage on the second floor; the lower tier of the bell tower is deaf, decorated with porticoes.

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    What to see in Kolomna

    At the confluence of the Oka and Moscow stands one of the oldest cities in Russia. Come and admire the Kremlin’s stone towers and merchant’s mansions. Kolomna is a sweet-tooth paradise: try the delicious marshmallow and honey, and you’ll love the old town!

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    On the streets of Kolomna, it immediately becomes clear that in front of you a city with centuries of history. Fortifications near the mouth of the Moscow River appeared in the XII century to protect Russia from nomads. For several centuries, the Kolomna Kremlin was ravaged by the Golden Horde. In the XVIII-XIX centuries, Kolomna took off its military armor and became a town of merchants and craftsmen.

    The modern buildings are striking in contrasts. The parade center and ancient monuments neighbor with faceless alleys and cluttered yards. Touch the complicated history of our country and you will get a lot of pleasant impressions from a trip to Kolomna!

    Kolomna Kremlin

    The ancient stone forts have survived only in 50 cities in Russia. One of the medieval wonders adorns the center of Kolomna. The Kremlin is worth a visit first of all! Feel the power of the towers, walls and gates behind which hide magnificent cathedrals, temples and churches.

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    Cathedral Square

    The most photogenic place of the city is in the heart of the Kolomna Kremlin. On Sobornaya Square stands the five-domed Assumption Cathedral with a high hipped bell tower. The first temple on this place was built by Dmitry Donskoy in honor of the victory at the Kulikovo field.

    In addition to the cathedral, the old square is adorned by the Novo-Golutvin Monastery, the Church of the Resurrection, the Tikhvin Church, and Kolomna’s modern landmark – the Monument to Cyril and Methodius. This monument was erected in 2007.

    Cathedrals and Churches of Kolomna

    Assumption Cathedral (Photo: Cyclone288 / flickr.com)

    Epiphany Old Golutvin Monastery

    The men’s monastery near the confluence of the Moscow River into the Oka is one of Kolomna’s oldest landmarks. It dates from the end of the 14th century and has been rebuilt many times. Admire the temples of the 16th-19th centuries and the original fence with Gothic towers which was designed by the famous architect F. M. Kazakov.

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    Epiphany Staro-Golutvin Monastery (Photo: Shelkovnikov Evgeny Anatolievich / wikimedia.org)

    Church of St. John the Baptist

    Do you want to see the oldest structure that has survived in the Moscow region? Kolomna’s unique landmark is located in the northwest – in the Gorodische area. The history of the church began at the beginning of the XIV century.

    That the temple is many centuries old is evident from the laconic architecture and simple proportions. Walls are made of roughly hewn blocks of limestone. Exactly the same stone was used to build the first white stone buildings in Moscow.

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    The Church of St. John the Baptist. Photo: sinat / Depositphotos.com.

    Church of St. Nicholas on the Posad

    The picturesque Old Believer church is a dream for any photographer! You’ll see an upwardly pointing wispy pentacup and 105 neat cococoons. The ornate merchant’s church in the Moscow patterned style was built in the early 18th century. During the Soviet fight against religion, the Kolomna church was completely destroyed, and 50 years later its decorations had to be rebuilt.

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    Church of Nikola on Posad. Photo: yulenochekk / Depositphotos.com.

    Church of the Intercession of the Theotokos

    The delicate blue church is especially good against the bright blue sky! The church in Old Kolomna appeared in 1812, in honor of the victory in the war with Napoleon. In the 1930s, the fate of the church was sad. It was closed for services, and the rector was shot on a false denunciation. For a long time a small hardware factory operated in the building, but then the church was restored and handed over to the faithful.

    Temple of Archangel Michael

    One of the gates of the Kolomna Kremlin is called Mikhailovsky, because they lead to the Church of the Archangel Michael. The first wooden church on this site appeared in the XIV century. In 1700 the citizens built a stone church, and in the early XIX century – the church, which has survived to this day.

    During the Soviet era, the building housed a museum of local history, and now the church is active. The temple is rather empty inside, and no old paintings have been preserved, but the monument of architecture looks great from the outside! The classical proportions, the neat portico with columns, and the rotunda dome are the work of the talented architect Fyodor Mikhailovich Shestakov.

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    Temple of Michael the Archangel (Photo: Glavkom_NN / wikimedia.org)

    Church of the Resurrection

    One of the oldest and most mysterious sights in Kolomna is a small church in the Kolomna Kremlin. The miniature miracle has a neat porch, a sloping dome with lucarnas and a small cupola on a high drum. No one knows when the church was built, but according to documents it is known that in 1336 Dmitry Donskoy and Princess Evdokiya of Suzdal were married here.

    The ancient church has been renewed several times, so it looks different than it did many centuries ago. In 1929 the ancient church was closed to worshippers and a gymnasium was built inside. In 1990, the building was returned to the Church. Today church services are held in the restored church again.

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    Church of the Resurrection (Photo: Lightvortex / wikimedia.org)

    Novo-Golutvin Monastery

    At the very beginning of the 19th century, a women’s monastery was founded on the territory of the Kolomna Kremlin. This monastery in Kolomna has a quite prosperous history. It was not persecuted in the 1930s, was not closed and looted. Today, 80 sisters and nuns live in the Novo-Golutvin Monastery. They hospitably let in pilgrims and tourists, but ask not to take pictures of the nuns and not to take pictures inside the temples.

    Tours of the monastery are free. Listen to a story about the history of the monastery and see the unique carved mahogany iconostasis, which is installed in the Church of the Intercession. On the territory of the monastery there is a kennel where dogs of rare breeds are raised. In the monastery shop you can buy honey, fresh bread, pastries and eggs.

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    Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Novo-Golutvin monastery. Photo: VIKVAD / Depositphotos.com.

    Pastila Museum

    Have you tried the raspberry marshmallow? Or how about some walnut? How about pumpkin marshmallows? To find out where the tasty treat is made, plan a visit to the Kolomna Pastila Museum. It is located in the restored house of the merchants Suranovs, next to the Old Believer Church of St. Nicholas on the Posad.

    Guests are told about the legends of Kolomensky Posad, the apples of Archbishop Nikita and the treasure that was found in the old buffet. You will not only hear sweet stories, but also try different kinds of Kolomna pastilles. On weekdays the ticket costs 400 rubles, and on weekends – 500 rubles.

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    Pastila museum (Photo: A.Savin / wikimedia.org)

    The House of Ozerov

    The historic building from the late 18th century stands in the center of the city. Behind the imposing facade with columns there is an interesting cultural center. Tourists can view an exhibition of wooden sculpture and romantic paintings by the artist Konstantin Vasilyev. There is also a museum of the artist Abakumov, who depicted the native nature and life of the inhabitants of Kolomna. In the salon sell Kolomna souvenirs and paintings of local artists. Admission for adults costs 100 rubles, and for children – 50 rubles.

    Manor merchants Lazhechnikov.

    It is interesting to see in Kolomna an old house built in the late 18th – early 19th century. Here there is an exhibition “Kolomna of bygone centuries”. Find out what the price of kolomna stolache was, learn how to use a rubel, admire ancient lace tablecloths and lift a poodle weight!

    The Kolomna Museum is famous for its interesting interactive programs. The estate shows a silent movie to the accompaniment of the ballroom pianist, organizes sampling of mead and tea drinking with marshmallow. The entrance costs 100 rubles.

    Assumption Brusensky monastery

    One of the two monasteries in the Kolomna Kremlin was founded in the middle of the 16th century as a cloister. Then the monastery was destroyed, so that in the Time of Troubles it was restored as a women’s monastery. Until the middle of the XVIII century all buildings except one temple were wooden.

    In 1922, the old monastery was closed. All nuns were evicted, and a dormitory and a vegetable warehouse were opened. Monastic life was renewed only after 75 years.

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    Assumption Brusensky monastery (Photo: Irinka Irisha / wikimedia.org)

    Church of the Epiphany in Gonchary

    The beautiful 17th century church is interesting with its original decorations and church art objects. The one-story refectory connects the high bell tower and the four-belfry with five small chapels. See the carved gilded iconostasis and ancient icons!

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    Church of the Epiphany in Gonchary. Photo: ivan_varyukhin / Depositphotos.com.

    Church of St. John the Theologian

    From any part of Old Kolomna you can see the high bell tower of the Church of John the Theologian. The picturesque landmark of Kolomna was built in the first half of the 19th century. The Empire style building has five tiers and rises to 67 m. The old bell tower is connected with the temple and the refectory. Inside the church is an unusual bas-relief icon depicting the Mother of God with the Child and John the Theologian.

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    Church of John the Theologian. Photo: nokola.gmail.com / Depositphotos.com.

    Bobreniev Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos

    The active male monastery is located in the village of Staroye Bobrenevo, 3 km north of Kolomna. It was founded in the 14th century with the blessing of Sergius of Radonezh in honor of Dmitry Donskoy’s associate, Vladimir Mikhailovich Bobrok-Volynets. The old monastery flourished for several centuries, but in 1929 it was closed and ruined.

    The revival of the monastery started in 1991. Today the monastery is open to pilgrims and tourists. Visit a unique chapel of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is called the Temple of the Singing Angels! This place is famous for its unique acoustics. When just one person sings in the choir, it seems as if the sounds are dispersed from different directions.

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    Ensemble of the Virgin Nativity of the Beaver Monastery (Photo: Kapustin R / wikimedia.org)

    Peace Park

    The largest park in the city center was laid out in 1948. Today it is a favorite resting place for citizens and tourists. The park has many shady trees and beautifully decorated flowerbeds, as well as cafes and restaurants. Look at the largest fountain in Kolomna, the jets of which hit the height of a nine-story house. If you come with kids, check out the amusement rides and take a ride on the Ferris wheel!

    Local History Museum

    There is a museum in the Kolomna Kremlin, which has about 30 thousand exhibits. The first floor of the building tells about the nature of the region, and the second – about the history of the ancient city.

    Local history museum in Kolomna is interesting to see together with a child. There are interesting themed tours for children: “Meet the Museum!”, “Wonder in Feathers” and “Wintering of Wild Animals”. Tickets cost 40 rubles for adults and 25 rubles for children.

    Museum of Military Glory

    The museum exhibition, which tells about the military glory of the city, opened in Kolomna in 2010. It is located in a new building of unusual architecture. The red facade resembles a banner, and a rectangular arch with an alarm bell is set in front of it.

    In the halls of the museum you can see medieval weapons, mannequins in military uniforms, models of military equipment, cold steel and firearms. Admission costs 50 rubles for adults and 50 rubles for children. Children under 6 years old are allowed for free.

    Museum “Forge Sloboda”.

    More than 20 years ago, Ilya G. Lebedev began collecting a collection of wooden, forged and cast products from different eras. In 2010, in Kolomna opened an unusual museum “Forge Sloboda”, which today holds more than seven thousand exhibits.

    Look at a part of our history – the armor of warriors, horseshoes, irons, weapons, accessories for hunting and fishing. Entrance to the museum costs 100 rubles. All guests are invited to take part in master classes on blacksmithing.

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    Non-trivial attractions in Kolomna

    Kolomna Skating Center. Next to the Kolomna Kremlin there is a huge high-tech building. Combine a tour of Kolomna’s museums with skating in the modern ice palace!

    Samovar Museum . A colorful attraction of Kolomna – an exhibition of the private collection of the Burov family. The museum exhibits more than 400 ancient samovars, Russian stove, souvenir shop and a cozy cafe.

    Favorite toy museum . Private gallery invites you on a journey to the past. In the halls are exhibited old toys from Soviet childhood and works of modern artists. Entrance with a guide costs 200 rubles, and self-examination – 100 rubles.

    Kuprin’s house. If you love the writer’s work, visit near the house of his sister, where Kuprin wrote several works. The one-story wooden building has remained almost intact.

    Kalachnaya Museum . Do you want to see how the mouth-watering kalachi of Kolomna are baked? Come to Zajtsev Street, to the restored house of the middle of the XIX century.

    Museum “Secrets of Kolomna mead” . One of the tasty sights of Kolomna is the wonderful honey. Learn about the history of beekeeping on the Kolomna land, cook honey sbiten and try different kinds of local honey! A ticket to the museum costs 350 rubles.

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    Ensemble of the Kolomna Kremlin (Photo: step-svetlana / pixabay.com)

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