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Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful Novodevichy Convent, which has remained virtually intact since the 17th century
  • Explore the cemetery, the final resting place of Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Gogol and many notable Soviet figures
  • Your private guide will make sure you get the most out of the tour
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Tuesdays


    3 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Any time from 1000h (10:00am) - 1400h (02:00pm)
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in the city. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in the city

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Situated on the banks of the Moscow River, the Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful buildings in Moscow and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Novodevichy, or "New Maidens Convent" in English, was founded by Vasily III in 1524 to commemorate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians in 1514. In the Smolensk Cathedral you can admire the valuable wall frescos from the 16th century and the magnificent carved iconostasis with icons of famous imperial masters.


    You are picked up from your hotel in Moscow and taken to the Novodevichy Monastery.

    Novodevichy Convent, founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili Ioanovich. The original Novodevichy Convent was enclosed by fortified walls and contained 12 towers. The structure served as a convent for ladies of noble birth and was host to many famous Russian figures throughout its history, including Boris Gudonov and Peter the Great’s elder sister Princess Sophia (who was banished there in 1679 by her brother).

    The tour will take you to Preobrazhenskaya Church (the Church of the Transfiguration), the outstanding Smolensky Sobor (Smolensk Cathedral) and the Novodevichy cemetery in which many notable people are buried including Chekov, Gogol and Stalin’s wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva.

    You will be returned to your hotel at the end of the tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Private guide / translator
    • Entrance fees
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    The tour start time is flexible, please state your preferred start time at the time of booking.
    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
    This is a private tour and operates with a minimum of two people

  • Reviews
    • the tour - fantastic. the tour agency - not so great.

      the tour was wonderful. our guide spoke perfect english. as she told us of the history you could feel her pride in being russian. it was a beautiful place that i feel should...

      catherine drose