Ensemble of the New-Maiden Convent
present appearance dates largely from the 17th century, when the
monastery was significantly enhanced and rebuilt in
Moscow baroque style.
ornate belfry towering above the convent rises 236 ft. The structure is
topped by a gilded dome that can be seen from miles away.
soon as the convent was founded, a cemetery was opened on its ground,
which became a traditional burial place for the elite. Many
famous Russians are buried in the convent's cemetery.
Convent was founded by Grand Prince Vasili the Third in 1524. It was
intended to serve not only as a religious institution but also as a
Convent is a unique 16th-17th
century architectural ensemble.
Enclosed by a crenellated wall with 12 colorful battle towers,
the convent comprises several groups of buildings.
is dominated by the huge five-domed Cathedral of the Smolensk Icon of
Our Lady (1524-1525).
the New-Maiden Convent: the belfry and a burial-vault of the rich