The New Maiden Convent
IMG_1421 is one of the city's most beautiful
architectural ensembles with a long history behind its
toothed walls. Founded as a fortress in the south of
Moscow it gradually became a place of political activity.
This is where Boric Godunov was elected the Russian
ruler in the turbulent Time of Troubles. Since the 17th
century it was the place of seclusion for Tsarinas and
other noble women thus becoming the richest convent in
The adjacent New Maiden Cemetery is Moscow's most
prestigious resting place after the Kremlin wall,
containing the tombs of Chekhov, Shostakovich,
Stanislavsky, Khrushchev, Gromyko, Molotov, Raisa
Gorbachev and others.