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Ivanovo Oblast (Russian: Ива́новская о́бласть, Ivanovskaya oblast) is a region in Central Russia, which borders Yaroslavl Oblast to the west, Kostroma Oblast to the north, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast to the east, and Vladimir Oblast to the south.


Map of Ivanovo Oblast

  • 1 Ivanovo (Иваново) – the capital of the region is also a former world capital of the textile industry; for the hundreds of thousands of women who worked in the textile industry, Ivanovo has been called "The City of Brides".
  • 2 Kineshma   (Кинешма) – the second largest city in the region has a prominent cathedral and several estate-museums, including that of the great 19th century composer Alexander Borodin.
  • 3 Palekh (Па́лех) – a town famous for its 19th century school of icon and mural painting and for its contemporary lacquer-painted miniatures.
  • 4 Plyos   (Плёс) – an exceptionally pretty town of the Golden Ring and also the smallest, home to the Isaac Levitan House Museum
  • 5 Shuya   (Шу́я) – visit nearby Nikolo-Shartomsky Abbey, one of Russia's largest monastic communities and home to the world's largest freestanding bell tower.
  • 6 Staraya Vichuga   (Старая Вичуга) – a small town with a neglected but nonetheless grandiose palace of Count Tatishchev.

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Everyone speaks Russian; few speak much else.

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