Ivanovo city, Russia

The capital city of Ivanovo oblast.

Ivanovo overview

Ivanovo is located in the central part of European Russia, administrative center of Ivanovo oblast. The city is also known as “the city of brides”, “the land of printed cotton”, “Russian Manchester”, “Red Manchester”. Ivanovo is called the Russian textile industry capital for hundreds of years.

Ivanovo has the population of about 409,000 (2012), land area - 105 sq. km.

The phone code is +7 4932, postal codes - 153000-153052.

Ivanovo city flag

Ivanovo city flag

Ivanovo city coat of arms

Ivanovo city coat of arms

Ivanovo city map, Russia

Ivanovo city map of Russia

Ivanovo facts

There is an airport in the city - Ivanovo Yuzhny (Southern) Airport. There is also Ivanovo Severny (Northern) airport - one of the largest Russian military air base.

It is included in the “Golden Ring of Russia” cities list. Main industries of Ivanovo are machine building, textile, sewing and food.

Ivanovo history

Ivanovo was founded by merging of two settlements in 1871. First one was Ivanovo village (flax-processing center), second one - Voznesensky Posad (industrial center). The new town received name Ivanovo-Voznesensk.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the town was competing with Lodz town (that time also the part of the Russian Empire) for the title of the European main textile production center.

Being the city with numerous factories Ivanovo was the place of high revolutionary activity and in May 1905 probably the first Soviet in history was created there (Ivanovo Soviet).

In 1918, the city received the status of guberniya (region) administrative center. In 1932, the city received its current name - Ivanovo. Today the idea of returning city its original name “Ivanovo-Voznesensk” is becoming more and more popular.

Ivanovo views

Ivanovo city street

Ivanovo city street

Author: Aleksey Backlushin

Ivanovo scenery

Ivanovo scenery

Author: Aleksey Backlushin

Ivanovo view

Ivanovo view

Author: Leonid Zaitsev


Ivanovo places of interest

Ivanovo is famous first of all by the monuments of constructivism epoch (the 30s of the 20th century): the-ship-house, the-horseshoe-house and the like. There are a lot of historical and revolutionary monuments in the city which make it rather specific.

The historical center of Ivanovo is interesting by its former merchants’ houses of the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The industrial architecture of the 19th century is rather interesting (several textile plants of that period remained almost unchanged).

Among the other places of interest worth mentioning is Shudrovskaya palatka constructed in the 17th century and St.-Vedensky convent, the main part of which was built in the early 20th century.

Ivanovo, unlike its neighbors (Vladimir, Yaroslavl, Kostroma), developed first of all as an industrial center, that’s why there are a lot of plants on the territory of the city. At present trade and service industries are rapidly developed. There are also opportunities for tourism development.

The city was traditionally considered the center of the Russian textile industry. The first textile plants came into being in the 17th century. Nowadays the number of textile plants considerably reduced, but there are a lot of sewing plants. Food industry is being developed. There are a lot of various trade and entertainment centers in the city.

Cultural and entertainment events of Ivanovo:

  • Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival “Zerkalo” (Mirror) - the festival which takes place since 2007 at every end of May;
  • The annual Russian Fashion Festival “Plyos on the Volga. Flax Palette” (takes place in the town of Plyos);
  • The annual patriotic holiday “An Open Air” usually celebrated in August at the airport “Severny” (Northern);
  • Ivanovo City Day - the annual celebration of the date when Ivanovo received the status of the city, at present it takes place on the last Saturday of May; the central streets of the city are decorated by this day; fairs, concerts and competitions are held and fireworks finish the holiday.

Ivanovo city of Russia photos

Ivanovo sceneries

Ivanovo square view

Ivanovo square view

Author: Sasha Petelina

Ivanovo architecture

Ivanovo architecture

Author: Sasha Petelina

Ivanovo fountain

Ivanovo fountain

Author: Sasha Petelina


Ivanovo places

Ivanovo theater

Ivanovo theater

Author: Sasha Petelina

Ivanovo medical university

Ivanovo medical university

Author: Boris Kuzmin


Ivanovo attractions

Ivanovo city church

Ivanovo city church

Author: Ivan Shkalikov

Ivanovo cathedral

Ivanovo cathedral

Author: Andrey Trofimov


Let's walk the streets of Ivanovo - Vvedensky Nunnery


The questions of our visitors

hossam el bagoury asks: The price of food and transportation in Ivanovo?
Expert's answer:
Local public transport (trolleybus/bus) ticket price is about 10-12 Rubles. Some food prices: white bread loaf - 12-14 Rubles, 1 liter of milk - 26-30 Rubles, 10 eggs - 35-40 Rubles, 1 kilo of sugar - 38-40 Rubles. For comparison: movie ticket is about 100-200 Rubles. The prices are actual for 2011, 1 USD is about 30 Rubles.
GIANNIS asks: How can I travel to Ivanovo?
Expert's answer:
First of all you have a flight to one of Moscow city international airports. There are several regular trains running from Moscow (Yaroslavsky railway station) to Ivanovo like the daily train 662 leaving Moscow at 22:05 local time, arriving to Ivanovo at 05:07 (schedule for June-September 2010). The price for the ticket starts at about 500 Rubles (17 USD).
vandeir silva asks: Why the city of Ivanovo is known as "the city of brides"?
Expert's answer:

The origin of well known in Russia phrase that Ivanovo is the "city of brides" is the following. In one of the Soviet movies famous Russian artist Andrey Mironov was singing a song where this phrase was mentioned in the general translation like "I will go to Ivanovo and Ivanovo is the city of brides".

The reason is that Ivanovo city is historically the center of Russian textile industry, so there are numerous textile enterprises with the majority of workforce presented by young women.

Fred van halm asks: Hello, Is there an airport near the city Ivanovo. And please tell me if there is a factory, in that town, perhaps a small one with the name "M-Video" in Ivanovo. Please the adress of "M-video" With respect Fred
Expert's answer:
There is an airport but the only flights available are the ones from/to Moscow city several times a week. And as for M-Video it is one of the largest Russian household electronics retailer so there is a shop in Ivanovo too (address: Lezhnevskaya Str., 55; contact phone 8-800-200-777-5).

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