Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Russia - The Novodevichy Convent


Here is a second card from Maxim in Moscow. I absolutely love it!  I love the snow, churches, old buildings :) The Novodevichy Convent , also known as Bogoroditse-Smolensky Monastery, is probably the best-known cloister of Moscow. Its name, sometimes translated as the New Maidens' Monastery, was devised to differ from an ancient maidens' convent in the Moscow Kremlin. Unlike other Moscow cloisters, it has remained virtually intact since the 17th century. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk in 1514. It was built as a fortress at a curve of the Moskva River and became an important part of the southern defensive belt of the capital, which had already included a number of other monasteries.

Read more facts about it on Wiki. :)  The Novodevichy Convent 

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