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"NUNNERY" Novodevichyi Convent Tip by tanianska

Novodevichyi Convent, Moscow: 36 reviews and 68 photos

by tanianska

The New Virgin Nunnery has been beautifying Moscow for more than 400 years. It was founded in 1524 by Prince Vassily III, father of Ivan Terrible, in commemoration of the recovering of the old Russian city, Smolensk, after the Lithuanian invasion.

Over all these years the nunnery was often the venue of many dramatic historical events. Its walls remember Boris Godunov's acceptation of the Russian Crown. From the started the expulsion of Polish invaders in 1612. Also here, Peter The Great's half-sister Sofia, was forced to take the veil. During the Big Fire of 1812, miraculously the main cathedral of the nunnery, Smolensk, survived.

The architectural ensemble of the nunnery was completed at the end of 17th century and till this day remains among the best of Russia. In the oldest stone building, the Smolensk Cathedral, you can still see its' 16th century frescoes and fantastic icon display, made by the greatest tsars' masters of that time.

Since 1994, in the summer, there are religious services in the Cathedral. On the nunnery's grounds there are graves of the tsars' relatives, members of boyars families, participants of the Napoleonic War of 1812 as well as of writers and historians.

(Photo by maxcom)

Address: Novodevichy proezd, 1, metro: Sportivnaya
Directions: metro Sportivnaya
Phone: (095) 246-8526

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  • Updated Feb 20, 2003
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