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“Novodevichy Convent - not to miss”

Novodevichy Convent
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Cathedrals and Churches of the Russian Capital
Ranked #78 of 2,528 things to do in Moscow
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located near the Moscow River, this peaceful retreat from the bustling city includes a spectacular 16th-century convent and a cemetery where many of the country's most famous writers, poets, politicians and public figures are buried.
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

If you have one convent to see this should be the one - The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk in 1514. It was built as a fortress at a curve of the Moskva River and became an important part of the southern defensive belt of the capital, which had already included a number of other monasteries. Its residents included a lot of famous ladies from the Russian court, Feodor I's wife Irina Godunova (she was there with her brother Boris Godunov until he became a ruler himself), Sophia Alekseyevna (Peter the Great's sister), Eudoxia Lopukhina (Peter the Great's first wife). Overall it was great place to visit

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Novodevichy Convent was really beautiful and in a bustling city like Moscow, a peaceful place to visit and stay awhile. Having a local guide taking you through the convent grounds and buildings was a must as there were so many great stories and facts conveyed to our tour group as we worked our way around the complex. Together with the icons and decorated eggs on display the colourful flowers and the buildings themselves enhanced the visit.
Moving on to the cemetery next door was an added bonus of our visit to this part of the city. The cemetery houses the mortal remains of many famous Russians - politicians, their wives, artists, singers and musicians, famous circus performers, scientists, poets, writers and more. The architecture of the headstones and memorials are quite unlike what you see in many other cemeteries. To take full advantage of this visit a guide is essential if you need Russian script translated. On a sunny day you could mistake yourself for being in a park with the benches scattered around the cemetery and the trees and flowers that soften the landscape. Definitely worth a visit and to do both well you will need several hours.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The cemetery is outside the walls of the convent and a few blocks away from the metro. It is an honour for those who are buried in this cemetery, mainly those with great contributions to Russia. The whole place feels like a sculpture museum than a cemetery. The only thing is if you don't read / understand Russian, you would not know who is buried in each. If you are not with a tour guide, you would not know the story and history behind each grave. I manage to eavesdrop from a few tour guides. And there are many group tours in the place. I would say the cemetery is a must visit. Entrance is free and FREE toilet by the entrance.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The Novodevichy Convent/Fortress is one of the "must see" attractions in Moscow. Our guide Elena (Lena) Vinogradova-medvin56@mail.ru, was one of the best guides that we have used.
She related to us the whole history of this beautiful convent while strolling through the adjacent park.
The main cathedral-Smolenskiy Sobor is impressive as are all of the golden domes and architecture which date back for many centuries.
Next to the Novodevichy Convent there’s Novodevichy Cemetery – a place where many historic figures are buried. Scientists, philosophers, historians, artists – and many other people whose names are often mentioned in our school books. Lena was terrific at guiding us through this maze of burial sights e.g Krushchev, Yeltsin, Gogol et al.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Very interesting cathedral within the grounds but the really interesting part id the Cemetery where recent presidents and well recognised Russians such as artists, musicians, scientists, astronauts, etc are buried. Although it is a relatively small cemetery, the headstones are very artistic and display the various life recognition.

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