On a gloomy weekend day, I headed over to the Novodevichy Convent to visit one of the most well-known church-convent in Moscow. Founded in the 16th Century by the tsar it combines religious worship and solitude with fortifications to guard the area against invaders. It is now a UNESCO heritage site for its fine architecture and decorative details. Nearby is a lovely lake, and a bit further the large river. It’s located away from the main tourist areas, which only means that you’ll get to see a bit of the real Moscow. You can combine this visit with a visit to Tolstoy home and museum (photography not allowed, so can’t show you much).

 

Here’s a bit from my walk around the convent…

 

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

 

and the nearby lake…

 

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

Novodevichy Convent : Moscow

 

 

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A nice detour half a day trip from central Moscow. I wouldn’t consider this a must, but if you’re into Tolstoy then it’s worth doing the trip to visit both.



Tags: church; convent; heritage site; history; Moscow; New Maidens' Monastery; Novodevichy Convent; unesco; worship;


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