Moscow Private Guide: 10 Most Beautiful Churches Of Moscow. Part II

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10 Most Beautiful Churches of Moscow. Part II


As a Moscow private guide last time I decided to make a 10 top list of the most beautiful churches of Moscow that I would recommend to all my guests to visit. The only one exception I have made in this list was St. Basil’s Cathedral. I believe this is one of my favorite place in Moscow and even in all Russia. And I have already the full story about this cathedral here. So this time I have a list of other beautiful churches in Moscow that you can visit during your trip to Moscow. The previous part of the list is here. This time I will tell the story about: Krutitsy MetochionNativity Church at PutinkiCathedral of the Holy Mandylion (Andronikov Monastery), Church of the Intercession at Fili, Our Lady of Vladimir Church at Bykovo.

06. Krutitsy Metochion

This place is famous among cinema directors. In the 18 century there was built a monastery that later became residence of Russian bishops. Krutitsy Metochion became the cultural center of Moscow and Russian – a lot of books were translated there from Greek to Russian. The main cathedral and the Saint Gates that are tiled with ceramic tiles were built in 1693-1694 by famous Russian and Moscow architect – Osip Startsev. Nowdays you can visit the main church of the Krutitsy and get the atmosphere of old-times of Moscow.

Fast Facts About Krutitsy Metochion

  • Open: from 10.00am – 07.00pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Metrostation: Proletarskaya

07. Nativity Church at Putinki

Nativity Church at Putinki
The bright and cake-like church of Nativity at Putinky was built in 1652. This place was notable because from this point started roads to old Russian cities – Tver and Dmitrov. The church was built without any design of a building and also became the last church in Moscow and Russia with tented roof (we already know that the first one was Ascension Church at Kolomenskoe) – Patriarch Nikon of Moscow forbid to built tented roof churches in Russia. After the Red October Revolution in 1917 in the church was opened a rehearsal hall of Moscow Circus that was there till 1990.

Fast Facts About Nativity Church at Putinky

  • Open: from 09.00am – 07.00pm
  • Admission: free
  • Metrostation: Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya

08. Cathedral of the Holy Mandylion (Andronikov Monastery)

Cathedral of the Holy Mandylion (Andronikov Monastery)
The legend tells us that this monastery was founded because metropolitan bishop Alexiy had promised to God to found the monastery after a heavy storm on the Black Sea. The Cathedral of the Holy Mandylion in the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery is the oldest stone church in Moscow survived from the centuries. The walls of the cathedral were painted by Andrey Rublyov who  is considered to be the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescoes. Nowadays you can find visit the Andrey Rublyov’s Museum of the Russian icons on the territory of the monastery.

Fast Facts About Spaso-Andronikov Monastery

  • Open: from 11.00am – 06.00pm
  • Admission: 400RUB
  • Metrostation: Ploschad Ilyicha

09. Church of the Intercession at Fili

Church of the Intercession at Fili

This Church of Intercession at Fili is the very classical example of the Naryshkin Baroque style (Moscow Baroque or Muscovite Baroque) that was built in 1691-1694. This is the house church of the uncle of Peter The Great. Peter and his wife Natalia were frequent guests in Fili and donated money to the church (400 golden rubles for the decoration of the church). Nowadays in the church is a part of the Museum of Andrey Roublyov and also you can see there wooden carved iconostasis and icons of the 17th century and Tsar’s bed as it was in 17-18 centuries.

Fast Facts About Church of Intercession at Fili

  • Open: from 11.00am – 06.00pm
  • Admission: 350
  • Metrostation: Fili

10. Our Lady of Vladimir Church at Bykovo

Our Lady of Vladimir Church at Bykovo

The real hidden gem of Moscow is this Gothic style church – Our Lady of Vladimir Church at Bykovo (around 40 km from Moscow). It was built in 1789 by the architect Bazhenov (the one who built Tsaritsyno for Catherine The Great). In the gloomy days the church looks like the haunted house or medieval castle. After 1930s in the building was opened garment factory. But nowadays it is again belonged to Orthodox community and a lot of wedding pairs come here to make remarkable picture during their wedding in front of this church.

Fast Facts Our Lady of Vladimir Church at Bykovo

  • Open: from 09.00am – 07.00pm
  • Admission: free
  • Metrostation: Vykhino

I am happy to invite any of my guests to visit any of these amazing places so it will be unique experience for you! Just ask me about this.

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