Moscow - Visit to Novodevichy Convent


This 3-hour excursion with private guide will take you to the Novodevichi Convent.

Situated very close to the city center today, Novodevichi Convent was built outside Moscow in 1524 by Tsar Vasili the Third to commemorate the taking of Smolensk from Lithuania. The Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk dates from that year. It is assumed that the architect was Alevis’ Novi, who already built the cathedral of the Archangel Michael in the Kremlin. The frescos inside are among the best examples of Muscovite iconography.

In the 1598, Boris Godunov was asked to become the Tsar in Novodevichi Convent. Its brick walls were reconstructed at the end of the 17th century, when the convent was refurbished. The sister of Peter the Great, Sophia, donated the elaborate iconostasis and was later imprisoned in the convent by her brother Tsar Peter the Great (in 1689).

There used to be seven churches inside the walls. Nowadays, only the Preobrazhenskaya (Transfiguration) nadvratnaya Church (1687-89), the Uspenskaya (Assumption) church (1685-87) and the bell tower (completed in 1690) remain. Most of the buildings date back from this period.
The museum of the convent presents a fine collection of icons of the 16th and 17th centuries, an exhibition of embroidery and jewelry. On the grounds of the Convent there is the necropolis, where famous people are buried such as Chekhov, Gogol and Prokofiev.

  • Available: Daily from January 2 to December 30 (on request basis, except for Tuesdays & 1st Monday of each month)
  • Departure: 10:00 hrs. Other times on request. The guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel
  • Duration: 3 hours including 30 minutes transfer by bus
  • Languages: Guides are available in many different languages
  • Price 2017:
    - EUR 199,- per person if you are one person
    - EUR 109,- per person if you are 2-3 persons
    - EUR 69,- per person if you are 4-7 persons
    - EUR 49,- per person if you are 8 persons or more
  • Included: Entrance to Novodevichi Convent
  • Opening hours of the Novodevichi Convent:
    - Tuesdays & 1st Monday of each month: closed
    - Wednesday – Sunday : 10:00 – 17:00