Moscow Private Guide: 10 Most Beautiful Churches of Moscow. Part I

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10 Most Beautiful Churches of Moscow. Part I


Winter is coming. Or actually is already in Moscow. The winter in Moscow for guide service is the low season. But I really like this season especially when we have heavy snow all around and all the buildings and parks are covered with the snow and you can find yourself in some kind of fairy-land. Moscow winter is very special. And there are so many places you can go to find out the beauty of Moscow. This time I decided to make a list of the most beautiful churches of Moscow that you can visit during your trip to Russia. Some of them can be visited during our tours and some of them you can visited on your own. In this part let us see: Novodevichy Convent (as known as  New Maden Convent), Marfo-Mariinskiy Convent, Donskoy MonasteryKolomenskoe and St. George’s Cathedral in Zamoskvorechiye.

01. Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent

There are a lot of stories and legends about Novodevichy Convent and beside all of them this is one of the most beautiful place in Moscow where you can spend restful day walking around the convent. There you can not only feed ducks and swans in the pond near the old walls of the convent but also take close look for all the towers of the convent for example check carefully the writings on the tower where was imprisoned sister of Peter The Great – Princess Sophia or just walk around of the convent’s garden. The Novodevichy Convent itself looks alike the medieval fortress and often Muscovites call it the mini-Kremlin. There are 12 towers that were made to be looked like the Kremlin Towers. Inside the convent you can find 14 buildings and 8 of them are the cathedrals. Behind the walls of the Novodevichy Convent is the famous Novodevichy Cemetery. It was closed after The Red October Revolution in 1922 and the place was used as the Museum of Feminists.

Fast Facts About Novodevichy Convent

  • Open: from 07.00am – 07.00pm
  • Admission: 300RUB per person
  • Metrostation: Sportivnaya

02. Marfo-Mariinsky Convent

Marfo-Mariinsky Convent

This Moscow convent was founded by the Grand Duchess Elizabeth who was an aunt of the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II. After her husband was killed in the terrorist attack she decided to sell all her property and to found in Moscow Marfo-Mariinsky Convent in 1905. The main buildings in the convent were finished there in 1912 by famous Russian and Moscow and then Soviet architect Alexey Shchusev (the same who later built Lenin’s Mausoleum and Metrostation Komsomolskaya). In the travel guides dated back 1917 this place was named a Muscovite miracle and the main cathedral was described as the oldest church of Moscow (that was demolished in the Kremlin by the order of Stalin). Muscovites gave the name to the Grand Duchess Elizabeth – The Great Mother. She organized on the territory of the convent the best in Moscow hospital. After the Red October Revolution (1917) the convent was closed and the abbess was killed near Siberian city Perm in 1918. The territory of the convent was used as cinema and then as warehouse till 1990s. Nowadays it is operated as the women school and the museum.

Fast Facts About Marfo-Mariinsky Convent

  • Open: from 09.00am – 07.00pm
  • Admission: free
  • Metrostation: Polyanka, Tretyakovskaya

03. Donskoy Monastery

Donskoy Monastery

The legend about this Moscow Monastery is close to the life of the last Tsar from Rurikovich Dynasy and the son of Ivan The Terrible – Tsar Fedyor. The monastery was founded in 1591 where used to be Russian military camp during the war between Russian and Crimean Khan Gaza Girey. This monastery under the rule of Patriarch – the head of Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery looks like the medieval fortress as well as Novodevichy Convent and made of red bricks. Some of the cathedrals inside the Monastery were painted by Italian artists. The style of the Monastery is called Naryshkin Baroque (Moscow Baroque or Muscovite Baroque). The name given to a particular style of Baroque architecture and decoration which was fashionable in Moscow from the turn of the 17th into the early 18th centuries. But why this Monastery is really famous is because of the marble friezes from the destroyed the Cathedral of Christ The Savior (rebuilt in 1990s in Moscow).

Fast Facts About Donskoy Monastery

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

04. Kolomenske

Ascention Cathedral in Kolomenskoe

The Church of Ascension at Kolomenskoe is under protection of UNESCO because it is named as the first stone church with a tented roof. From aside the church is also looked like the space rocket. It is believed that the church was built by Italian architects in 1528-1532 to commemorate the birth of the Russian tsar – Ivan The Terrible. Those time Russia became the successor of Byzantium Empire. The Kolomenskoe symbolized the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem from which Jesus ascended to heaven the Church of Ascension was the symbol of the Last Judgement. It is believed that under this church was the famous library of Ivan The Terrible that disappeared without any traces. From the galleries of the church you can see perfect views of Kolomenskoe.

Read more about Kolomenskoe here.

Fast Facts About Donskoy Monastery

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

05. St. George’s Cathedral in Zamoskvorechiye

St. George Cathedral in Zamoskvorechiye

St. George’s Cathedral in Zamoskvorechiye looks like the real ginger bread. The cathedral was founded in 1632 and people in Moscow called it – the red, which means beautiful in Russian. It was built by the best architects of their times – Ivan Kuznechik and Karp Guba. For the decoration of the cathedral were used more than 9 000 ceramic tiles. And till nowadays they look amazing like peacock-eyes. In this particular cathedral was baptized young Tzar Peter The Great (the founder of Saint-Petersburg). And Napoleon in 1812 was so amused by the beauty of the cathedral that he was depressed that he couldn’t move the building to Paris. After all French soldiers saved the Cathedral during the Great Fire of Moscow in 1812.

Fast Facts St. George’s Cathedral in Zamoskvorechiye

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

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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