Novodevichy Convent – duration 3 hours
Novodevichy Convent in Moscow was founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians, the Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful sights in Moscow. Most of the current buildings, however, date to the 17th century, when the convent was substantially rebuilt and the walls of the cathedral were ornamented with frescoes representing historic episodes in the struggle for the formation of a centralized Russian state.
We invite you to discover the mysteries of the famous «golden cage» for Tsar’s wives and sisters and admire the legendary lake view that inspired Tchaikovsky to create the famous «Swan Lake» ballet. The convent may be best known as the place where Peter the Great imprisoned his half-sister Sofia after deposing her and taking over as tsar of Russia. He later confined his first wife to the convent as well. This convent was the richest in Moscow as far as many wives and widows of Tsars and other women of noble origin entered or were sent to the convent and in doing so handed over all their jewels, pearls, gold and silver.