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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  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • It would have been a much nicer experience if it did not have all its important parts closed for renovation. It was outrageous that the full ticket price of RUB300 still applied.
  • historical place; looks beautiful at night
  • Orthodox women's monastery in Moscow draws attention to the architectural masterpieces of Russian Baroque. The current convent interesting lots of historically significant buildings – the Mariinsky chambers, the chambers of the Princess Sophia, a Church complex.
  • One of my favorite places in the world!! Make sure to go inside the monastery, it is spectacular!❤
  • Wonderfully scenic and peaceful place. Very well preserved buildings. Perfect example of a religious retreat, but in the center of the city.

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