Ostrovsky Arbour was constructed in 1956 on a site of earth mound left from
medieval Kostroma Kremlin (fortress). Defensive walls and towers
were removed, but earthworks were left in place. It was named after
famous Russian author Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ostrovsky who spent much of his time
in his personal mansion in the estate of Shchelykovo near Kostroma.
Ostrovsky Arbour despite its
name was never visited by a famous Russian writer. He died before it
was built, however he loved this place and often spent his time
enjoying the view from the mound at Volga river below. Here he created his famous drama works like "The Snow Maiden", "The
Forest", "Bride", "The Last Victim" and many others. One of the most
popular Russian Soviet movies "Cruel Romance" based on A.N.
Ostrovsky drama "Bride" was filmed here. Today gazebo and
surrounding Centralny Park or Central Park draws residents of
Kostroma on weekends and holidays due to its location and a