Trade Arcades in Kostroma

Author: karinagolub (on 27 Apr 2016)
The trade arcades tend to be a finest example of urban planning of neoclassical period in Russia.
The complex of the trade arcades ("Gostiny Dvor") was built in the end of the XVIII century at the place, where 300 year before there had been the trenches of Kostroma Kremlin (that didn't exist anymore even in the 18th century). It consists of more than 10 buildings , which emerged over few decades during XVIII-XIX centuries. 
Trade Arcades, Kostroma - photo by Alexxx Malev (
Each arcade was used for trading different kind of goods: there are 'flower' arcades, 'milk' arcades, 'vegetable' arcades, 'tabacco' arcades, 'oil' arcades, 'sweets' arcades, 'fish' arcades. Closer to the Volga river there are parallel to each other 'bread' and 'kvas' arcades ('kvas' is a russian brewed sweet drink), and further down, parallel to the Volga, there are 'fish' arcades.
Central Market, Kostroma - photo by Michael Clarke (
At early times, the first floor of arcades was used to trade, and the second floor was used to store the goods. Now, there are different kinds of shops and a market in the arcades, where you can buy fresh goodies, like vegetables, pickles, mushrooms, sweets and other locally produced stuff. The market is opened from 7.00 - 19.00 (summer time), and from 8.00 to 18.00 (during winter time).
Address: Rows of flour (Muchnye Ryady) #1, Kostroma 


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