13 Aug 2007
Meet Olga. She gave me a tour of the old historic area of Kolomna. She works at the DZ hotel and used to work at a five star hotel. Her husband is with the company that is building a new hotel in the old district of Kolomna.

Kolomna is a very old city. It was founded in 1177, 30 years after Moscow was founded. Kolomna's industry today includes cement and train factories, the ice palace and a military base that does a lot of secret work.

The old part of Kolomna was built in the XIV-XIth c.c.

This is Assumption Cathedral. You are not allowed to take pictures of the inside. It is spectacularly adorned with incredible paintings of saints and holy images. It is an active place of worship. There are metallic plates that have many candle holders. You make a prayer and place a candle into a holder and then it burns itself out many hours later.

This is the Novo-Golutvin St. Trinity Nunnery.

This is the Ice Palace. It was built by the same company that built the one in Moscow.

This picture shows the Kolomna Kremlin off to the left, the tent shaped Bell Tower and the Assumption Cathedral in the background.

Kolomna Kremlin (1525-1531, 24 square km) and Bell Tower

This is the Kolomna Kremlin wall. The wall used to surround the Kremilin and the Cathedral Square. It had 17 towers. Only 7 remain today.

These two pictures show the holes that people shot arrows through to defend the Kremlin.

This is the tower of Mnishek, where Marina Mnishek was entombed alive.

Kolomna's very own 'Leaning Tower'.

This as a placard recognizing a famous Russian author's home.

Restored House

Old House
The homes surrounding the area are of two types: old and new. There is a rule that says you must rebuild the house with the same original architecture. The home on the left is a replica of the original house. The home on the right is a sample of the many old homes still present. Apparently it is difficult to restore these homes because of the mounds of paperwork.

This is a statue of Grand Prins of Moscow Dimitry Donskoy. He was married in Kolomna. Donskoy was one of the leaders that lead and inspired people to reject the oppressive rule of Tsar Ivan the Terrible.

I forget what building these doors were on, but they looked very impressive.