The history of the monastery dates back to 1524, when Vasili III Ivanovich issued an order to build a convent in the memory of Smolensk conquest. First, it was used as the element of the city’s defense perimeter located to the south-west of the Kremlin. Later, a number of settlements were joined to the monastery, and it became the place where, from century to century royal family ladies lived protected from the external world. Book a tour to Novodevichy Convent in Moscow — and the secrets of this mysterious place will open to you.
When on the territory of the house of prayer, you’ll see a variety of interesting things:
Five-domed Smolensky Cathedral. It is the oldest element of the construction located between the axes of the entrance gates. Experts say that the Cathedral was built in 1525 and renovated in 25-30 years. Formerly, the construction was surrounded by 4 chapels, but they didn’t survive until present days. The frescos of this church are considered one of the most beautiful in Moscow, and many people travel to Novodevichy Convent in order to see them with their own eyes.
Novodevichy Cemetery. Located outside the south wall of the architectural ensemble, it is the last resting place for many notorious people, such as Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Samuil Marshak, Konstantin Stanislavski, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Mstislav Rostropovich. One of the first writers buried in this cemetery was Anton Chekhov.
Novodevichy Necropolis. It was initiated in the 16th century as the place where notable persons could be buried. Actually, there are very few of them. Nevertheless, when you visit Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, you can see the tombs of Sergey Solovyov, Denis Davydov, and Alexei Brusilov.
The monastery is surrounded by a dignified park stretching up to the bank of the Moskva River. The specialists of Tari Tour will be happy to organize your vacation with tailor-made excursions to this historically important place. Book an individual or a group tour to Novodevichy Convent via +7-495-777-90-15.