Novodevichy Convent Overview
Novodevichy Convent is the oldest and probably the most beautiful functioning cloister in Moscow. It is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is situated in the southwest of the capital on a meadow next to the Moskva River.

It was founded in 1524 by Tsar Vasily III to celebrate the taking of Smolensk from Lithuania, an important step in Moscow’s conquest of the old Kyivan Rus lands. While entering the monastery women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

The calm surroundings makes it one of the most important places to visit in Moscow where one can pay respect at the graves of eminent Russian writers, musicians and thinkers.

Location: 1 Novodevichy Passage, Moscow, 119435, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
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