Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery, Moscow

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A World Heritage Site, Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery counts among Moscow's top cultural attractions. The convent grounds include a majestic five-domed cathedral, built in the early 16th century. The cathedral's lofty ground floor, typical of religious structures built on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, contains some of the country's finest frescoes, as well as a large gilded iconostasis. The complex also includes a six-tier bell tower, which was the tallest structure in 18th-century Moscow. The monastic cemetery, long coveted by prominent Muscovites as a prestigious place of burial, contains the tombs of writers Anton Chekov and Nikolai Gogol. To visit Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery on your trip to Moscow, use our Moscow day trip planning website .
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  • We didn't go inside the convent but walked to the lake and visited the cemetery where famous people are buried. We saw some special graves such as Boris Yeltsin's grave, Chekhov, Sergei Prokofiev and ...  more »
  • Apart from being extremely beautiful, this place oozes history. Best experienced in the company of a local guide, as all the information on offer when we were there was in Russian.  more »
  • Easy access by bus from the center of Moscow, we visited only the Novodevichy cemetery. For navigation, it is not simple. He has a great plan to the entry written only in Russian and in the cemetery more nothing. They could give plans 'paper'! Even reading the Cyrillic, some graves are discrete and not easy to find. We found in many thanks to groups of Chinese tourists who are crowded in front of. Side toilets at the entrance, it made a leap into the past. A new building is under construction, but in the meantime... Despite these small problems of logistics, this cemetery is a must-see.
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  • So amazing place, near novodevichy cemetry and metro station, its half price for student.
  • Is Russia really in such poor economic situation? Everything in the convent is in construction and the important historical buildings are not open. They still charged each of you 300 rub for viewing construction field. And for local people they could go in and out freely!
  • Pretty place but mostly under renovation. Important to have a guide who can tell you about the role and life of a Russian Nun
  • Left me speechless. Everything looks beautiful and people there were very happy when they heard that we're from Serbia. Generally pretty nice people and beautiful composition of everything.
  • did not visit the inside, maybe next time, but for a peaceful evening walk, I would absolutely recommend it - the park on its west side. With the ducks :)

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