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Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III, the Novodevichy Convent has served numerous purposes, including a fortress and military hospital, and is one of Moscow's finest buildings. Discover its history, including an appearance in Tolstoy's "War and Peace," on this guided tour.

You're taken to the southwest corner of Moscow to one of the city's grandest buildings. Known as New Maiden Convent, it's an amalgamation of several buildings that have been built over the years during the convent's fascinating history. The largest and most important is the 5-domed cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk. It is home to extraordinary Italian frescoes dating back to the 16th century.

You also get the opportunity to see and learn about the adjoining cemetery, which is home to many Russian icons from the worlds of art, science, and politics; these include Boris Yeltsin, Khrushchev, Molotov, Stanislavski, and Chekhov. The cemetery is beautifully situated next to a lake which is said to have been the inspiration behind Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet.

Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III, the Novodevichy Convent has served numerous purposes, including a fortress and military hospital, and is one of Moscow's finest buildings. Discover its history, including an appearance in Tolstoy's "War and Peace," on this guided tour.

You're taken to the southwest corner of Moscow to one of the city's grandest buildings. Known as New Maiden Convent, it's an amalgamation of several buildings that have been built over the years during the convent's fascinating history. The largest and most important is the 5-domed cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk. It is home to extraordinary Italian frescoes dating back to the 16th century.

You also get the opportunity to see and learn about the adjoining cemetery, which is home to many Russian icons from the worlds of art, science, and politics; these include Boris Yeltsin, Khrushchev, Molotov, Stanislavski, and Chekhov. The cemetery is beautifully situated next to a lake which is said to have been the inspiration behind Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet.

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Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery Tour

Activity/Location

Novodevichy Convent

Moscow 119435

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Moscow City Center (Hotel Pickup)

    Moscow

  • GUM

    Krasnaya ploshad, 3

    Krasnaya ploshad, 3 101000


Description

Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III, the Novodevichy Convent has served numerous purposes, including a fortress and military hospital, and is one of Moscow's finest buildings. Discover its history, including an appearance in Tolstoy's "War and Peace," on this guided tour.

You're taken to the southwest corner of Moscow to one of the city's grandest buildings. Known as New Maiden Convent, it's an amalgamation of several buildings that have been built over the years during the convent's fascinating history. The largest and most important is the 5-domed cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk. It is home to extraordinary Italian frescoes dating back to the 16th century.

You also get the opportunity to see and learn about the adjoining cemetery, which is home to many Russian icons from the worlds of art, science, and politics; these include Boris Yeltsin, Khrushchev, Molotov, Stanislavski, and Chekhov. The cemetery is beautifully situated next to a lake which is said to have been the inspiration behind Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet.


Highlights

  • Convent designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • 5-domed cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Smolensk

  • Cemetery of Chekhov, Yeltsin, Stanislavski & Molotov

  • Novodevichy Museum—home to a valuable art collection

  • Convent's lake that inspired Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery

  • Admission fees

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your central Moscow hotel


Know Before You Book

  • Children 1 and younger are complimentary.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel free of charge until 4 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Location

Novodevichy Convent, Moscow, 119435, Russia