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Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent

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Religious Significant Sites

Address: 119435, Russia, Moscow, Moscow, Novodevichiy proezd, 1

Phone: (499) 246-5607, (495) 246-8526

Historical Inquiry

Novodevichy Convent in Moscow is the Orthodox female convent of the Russian Church. It is situated in a bend of the Moscow River, near Luzhniki, at the end of the historical Prechistenka (now Bolshaya Pirogovskaya street). It's both effective as a convent and a branch of the State Historical Museum. The Novodevichy Convent was founded in the XVI century on the Devichye field (otherwise called by Samsonov meadow). In 1523 230 kilograms of silver was issued from the treasury of the Grand for the construction of the new convent. 9 years before that Moscow Prince Vasily III made a vow to buid this convent if Smolensk was reconquered from the Lithuanians. Smolensk was actually conquered and a special place for the convent was chosen — from this very field the icon of Saint Mary of Smolensk Odigitrii was sent back from Moscow to Smolensk. The field was named Devichie because, according to a legend, during the Tatar-Mongolian invasion the Baskaks chose Russian girls here to go to the Horde.




The center of the convent is a monumental five-domed Smolensky Cathedral, in the interior of which mural painting of XVI century is preserved. The cathedral was built by the model of the Uspenskiy Cathedral in the Kremlin. Six viral bell tower in Naryshkinskaya style, 72 meters high (dated to the end of XVII), was the tallest tower in Moscow after Ivan the Great. Walls and towers were erected in the times of Boris Godunov in accordance to the Kremlin, they were later embellished with delicate finish. Near the convent are located the Novodevichy Cemetery, Novodevichy Big Pond and Square, along the shore of the pond paved a walkway that leads to the white stone bridge and park. The convent was included to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites for its elegant architecture.

Welcome to See

The Novodevichy Monastery includes museum exhibitions and the existing dwelling. Someone comes in and pray, while others enjoy the monuments. There are also lovers who visit the "Sofinskaya tower"- that is, Naprudnaya, which is also called Sophia’s, in memory of Princess Sophia who had been locked in the guardhouse at the tower. People turned Sophia into a holy (the church never did) after a TV program about the tower’s power, and the pilgrimage began to the tower. 

Working Time

Working hours: from 10.00 to 17.15, book offices work till 16.45

Cost of Visiting

Adult — 150 RUb, privileged categories — 60 RUb.