Krutitskoe Podvorye, Moscow

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Still functioning as an ecclesiastic estate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Krutitskoe Podvorye has survived dramatic periods of upheaval and neglect over the centuries. Passing from the church to the military in the late 1700s, the complex was used as a storehouse, barracks, and prison; it functioned as a museum during the late Soviet period, and finally fully returned to the church in 1996. The complex contains two churches, the metropolitan's (bishop's) residence and gallery, a riverside dormitory, and a set of 19th-century wooden houses. Don't miss the intricately detailed ornamentation and holy icons of the Dormition Cathedral (Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin), which houses an upper and a lower chapel, both of which are lavishly decorated in blue and gold. Plan a trip to Moscow easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • We went with my son and a young man. Without a tour guide, just wander around. It's quiet, it's cozy, the place definitely has its charm and romance, there are not a lot of people (Sunday afternoon). It feels like you're somewhere away from the city, even though behind the fence noisy streets, cars and so on. But the child of 8 years boring (small wooden playground does not save), the whole territory can be bypassed slowly for 20 minutes-half, as everywhere now people (and we too) come mostly to take pictures))) Went to the last in the temple, put candles, drank the holy water. There are bio-toilet cubicles, free, but just in a disgusting state.
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  • When I worked for Dubrovka, I went here at lunch. I just sat there, watched, listened, prayed. Once I found a rehearsal of the Valaam Choir. It was indescribable. I haven't been in a while, even though I live nearby. Thank you for reminding me. We have to get the kids together.
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  • Andrey Avramenko, a tour guide of the Moscow Alleys project, introduced us to Krutitsky's backyard. Behind his fence is a noisy avenue on which cars swish. Here is silence, calmness and comfort. The beauty of 17th-century buildings is fascinating. How wonderful that there are still such corners, preserved thanks to caring people.
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