On a warm sunny June afternoon we visited the lovely and peaceful Novospasskiy Convent, admiring its domes over the rooftops as we approached. This is another aspect of Moscow we like, literally metres from thundering traffic these oases of quietness and placidness exist, open to all. A lovely tabby cat was asleep on one of the seats no doubt relishing the sunshine and oblivious to the small number of visitors.
During the Soviet years the monastery was used for various purposes, some nefarious and disreputable. But it was returned to the Church in 1991.
It was very relaxing walking around the gardens, appreciating the immense belltower and the fine cathedral. The outstanding attraction is the large Cathedral of the Transfiguration with its gold and pale blue domes. The vast multi-story yellow belltower is very impressive and attractive. The gardens, which were in full colourful bloom, seemed removed from the busy city outside and added to the serenity.
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