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Novodevichiy Convent

This splendid UNESCO-listed convent was founded in 1525 to celebrate Grand Prince Basil III’s recapture of Smolensk in 1514. Many aristocrats took their vows here and it became known as a nunnery of nobility. Tsarevna Sophia Alexeyevna (1657–1704), who served as a transitional ruler of Russia, ordered the reconstruction of many of the buildings in Moscow Baroque style, with fine ornamentation. The convent was occupied in 1812 by Napoleon’s troops, and later used as a female prison before becoming a museum during Communism.prac_infoNovodevichiy proezd 1 • 495 246 8526 • Metro: Sportivnaya • Open 10am–5:30pm Wed–Mon (closed first Fri of ...

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