Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Novodevichy


The visit to the Novodevichy Convent brings peace and quiet to the heart.

The convent was founded in 1524 to celebrate the capture of town Smolensk over Principality of Lithuania. The place was the cloister for the most noble Russian women, the members of tzar  and boyar families. The most known among them is Princess Sophia (the address of my previous post photo's inscriptions), the mastermind of the rebellion to dispute the tzar title in 1689.
In 1812 French army had plans to blow up the convent, but failed (the fate wanted Novodevichy to see Soviets, I think).
In 1922 the Convent was closed and became the part of the History Museum. In 1994 the Convent reopened.

Wiki and Google map for more info.

Posted by Irina.

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