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This is truly a beautiful building and I believe one of the most important monasteries in Moscow... read more

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The monastery covers quite a large area and is located near Leninskiy Prospect. I walked to it from... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2018
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Really nice place with old big church that u must defently enter. And of course cemetry behind the church with tombstones and crypts of 18-20th centuries around which you can walk

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank vank0t
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is an attractive old monastery which hasn't been as fortunate as some of the other religious structures in getting renovated earlier. The walls are beginning to crumble and many of the buildings within the compound are undergoing renovation. It's still a nice place to visit, but of course it will presumably be better once the renovation work is complete.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank KGB777
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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We went to Donskoi monastery in September 2017.

The monastery is easily accessible by metro or with trams.

There are very few tourists that make it there, and the entrance is free. The two churches and the cemetery.

The new, bigger church has an impressive wall of icons, dazzling. It was mesmerizing. The smaller church is the original one, built on the site of the victory of Goudounov on the Tatars. The style is heavier but it is still intact.

The cemetery is very romantic especially at sunset.

Overall, I found the monastery very relaxing and worth the trip.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank BillGWB
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This monastery has many buildings that are all looking very old and tired and are in desperate need of refurbishment. They are currently doing a lot of building work in the grounds so be prepared to get a little dirty when walking around. The main church must be viewed inside as it has a spectacular alter.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

We stayed at that time in 2002 in Hotel Sputnik in Leninski Prospect ( Leninski Avenue) and had been told on some occasion that relatively close to our place of dwelling was located Donskoi Monastery. We visited this spot, taking the bus ride, since wanted to see the parks, the streets,the buildings, the people going by, instead proceeding underground in metro trains, as we mostly had used to do.
The Monastery Donskoy is a major monastery in Moscow founded in 1591 during the reign of Boris Godunov. It always was intended through its history to defend the southern approaches to the Moscow Kremlin.
Beginning from invasion of Tatars, over the Polish - Lithuanian occupators and Ukrainian Cossacks to the days of Great Patriotic War (1941 -1945), there were constantly the very important and turbulent events about the Monastery.
One of the attributes or symbols of the Monastery is certainly the icon of Theophan the Greek, that is, Our Lady of the Don.
Although nowadays, there is only a copy of this icon that makes the central piece of the iconostasis, the memory of such beautiful art work is associated with the Dmitry Donskoy who according to the legend, had taken the icon with him to the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380.
The architecture of the Donskoi Monastery was done in red -and- white Muscovite baroque style that recalls at the Novodevichy Convent.
There are in total eight squares and four circular towers with red- blood crowns. The Holy Gate of the Monastery, a belfry too, were erected here in the field of Monastery.
Donskoy is a burial place as well. There are Old Cemetery and New Cemetery where were buried important russian people.
Just loved been there, in Donskoy Monastery that long passed 2002 year.

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Oleg Y
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