Novodevichy Convent, also known as Bogoroditse-Smolensky Monastery (Russian: Новоде́вичий монасты́рь, Богоро́дице-Смоле́нский монасты́рь), is probably the best-known cloister of Moscow. Its name, sometimes translated as the New Maidens' Monastery, was devised to differ from the Old Maidens' Monastery within the Moscow Kremlin. Unlike other Moscow cloisters, it has remained virtually intact since the 17th century. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Convent is situated in the south-western part of the historic town of Moscow. The Convent territory is enclosed within walls and surrounded by a park, which forms the buffer zone. The park is limited by the urban fabric of the city on the north and east sides. On the west side, it is limited by the Moscow River, and on the south side there is an urban freeway. The buildings are surrounded by a high masonry wall with 12 towers. The entrances are from the north (town side) and the south. The layout of the convent territory is an irregular rectangle stretching from the west to east.
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Daniel Kiselev | Jan 5, 2018
A beautiful old convent with a large cemetery which serves as the last resting place for many famous people: scientists, actors, writers, musicians, politicians, etc. Worth to pay a visit if one of your idols is buried here. Also good for sad autumn walks. The overall state is fine, although I wish the staff took more care of the tombstones and pathways.
Clairex Chen | Sep 12, 2017
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!
Mohammad Ebadi | Jan 20, 2018
Very historical. Currently, it is being repaired,and its most important buildings are not accessible to be visited.
KHOSRO KHOUZANI | Dec 5, 2017
So amazing place, near novodevichy cemetry and metro station, its half price for student.
Keith Bauman | Jul 26, 2017
Pretty place but mostly under renovation. Important to have a guide who can tell you about the role and life of a Russian Nun
David Lawrence | Jun 14, 2018
Very nice place to visit. Note that if you are here for the world cup, the Smolensk Cathedral (most famous) is closed for renovations.
Jitti Vimtrimate | Jun 3, 2018
At present some buildings of this convent are renovated. We can tour another parts of it.
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