This monastery has, for the most part, preserved its original appearance, having been unscathed by the process of destruction that most Moscow monasteries saw in Soviet times.
his women’s monastery became a prison for many woman with tzarist lineage: Peter the Great locked up his sister, Sofia, here during a coup d’etat, and exiled or widowed tzarinas and princesses lived here.
The monastery is a full-fledged architectural ensemble, and contains the Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk
, modeled after the Kremlin’s Cathedral of the Assumption. The unique Novodevichy Cemetery
is located here, where most famous Russian figures are buried; a tour around Novodevichy Cemetery
is yet another engrossing tale.