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Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery, Moscow

Categories: Cemeteries, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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. Our Moscow vacation route planner makes visiting Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery and other Moscow attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It has an interesting history regarding czars locking up wives or sisters here once they were finished with them....pretty grounds to walk around but not sure if you can go inside. Our tour guide did ...  read more »
  • if you are into the history, it is definately worth seeing. one of the oldest and nicest monasteries in Moscow. However, you will see that the current status is really terrible and it just documents t...  read more »
  • Work in 5 minutes from Novodevichy Park and sometimes go there after work. Of course, this is not the place for solitude, not Balaam and not kizhi, Moscow Centre, whatever you might say. But in any case a nice, autumn is bright and beautiful, due to the large number of trees. Many foreigners, wedding photoshoot and dogs. And then there's ducks are beautiful.
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  • Wonderfully scenic and peaceful place. Very well preserved buildings. Perfect example of a religious retreat, but in the center of the city.
  • Architecturally masterful. The cemetery is very interesting. Burial plots of Chekov, Yeltsin, Raisha Gorbachev, Krushchev, Stalins second wife and more. A little bit of a haul to get there, but worth it. No fee for the cemetery
  • First of all, it is an outstanding architectural complex. But for me the most appealing part of it is the Novodevichy Memorial Park, where a lot of celebrities lie at rest. Among them are maestros Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergey Prokofiev, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich.
  • Day 2: Once inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, soak up the peaceful environs. The real attraction, however, is the cemetery, the sprawling final resting place for some of Russia’s greatest luminaries, like Chekhov, Gogol, Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev and reformer/tippler Boris Yeltsin.
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