The monastery was built in 1524 and comprises of a number of beautiful churches, towers and old buildings. The centerpiece is the white Smolensk Cathedral which dates from 1525. The inside of the church is quite dazzling, decorated with 16th Century frescoes and an array of icons. The monastery’s exquisite bell tower dates from the end of the 17th Century while the numerous other churches on the grounds were all built in the 16th and 17th centuries. A peaceful site that is not overrun by tourists, the Novodevichy monastery will amaze by its serenity and sense of history. Entry to the grounds is free but there is a small admission charge to enter the Smolensk Cathedral.
Directions: Sportivnaya metro (Red line), exit last carriage from center. Outside take the small lane on your right and go straight through the park in front of you after the lane ends. On the other side of the park you will see the red walls of Novodevichy Cemetery. To get to the monastery just follow these walls to the right.