Thursday, April 16, 2015

N is for Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery


Welcome to the second half of the A to Z Challenge!

The Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery in Moscow is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The grounds of the convent were very beautiful.  The cemetery was unlike anything I have ever seen.  I think I visited more grave sites on this trip than I have on any other trip outside the USA.  Or ever for that matter.

I have a lot of pictures and can only show a few, so hard to choose.

Tsaritsa's Tower and the Gate Church of the Transfiguration

The Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk (rear) with the Chapel in the foreground
Iconostases in the Cathedral above and painted walls below


Palace of Irina Gudunova, sister of Boris Godunov

Gate Church of the Intercession

Domes of the Cathedral

The Cemetery


Boris Yeltsin's Tomb - the sculpture is the Russian flag

Nikita Khrushchev - the black and white monument represents the contrasting sides of his personna

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 below.  I had the pleasure of hearing this conducted by Valery Gergiev several years ago.




Tolkien Bonus:  N is for the Nazgul, faceless riders on black horses, later creepy flying beings, nine in number, slaves of the nine rings and the go-fers of Sauron.  The things of nightmares.  Did I say 'creepy'?





18 comments:

  1. Even their convents look like something out of FairyLand. The convents I've seen are so austere. These look so beautiful.

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    1. There is a former seminary (now a private high school for boys) just up the road from me. The buildings are very austere. The only nice thing is that it is on a lake.

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  2. All so interesting! I especially liked Kruschev's monument

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    1. The cemeteries we visited were nothing like I'd ever seen before. The monuments were very elaborate.

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  3. Lovely photos. Here via the A-Z challenge.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Russia is featured all month long.

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  4. I love those pictures Denise. What stupendous architecture. I was interested to see the tomb for Raisa Gorbachev. I didn't even know she had died. She can't have been that old. 67 I just checked. Love that flag sculpture for Yeltsin too. The palace of Irina Gudonova is somewhat plain after all the other gorgeous buildings.

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    1. Our guide said that folks always want to know where Mr. Gorbachev is buried and are surprised to find out he is still alive. They put a lot of thought into all of the monuments.

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  5. OK the Nazgul's are really creepy and I had a nightmare with them once-brilliantly done. Now these pictures are again-just breath-taking. The wall in the cathedral is beautiful along with the paintings on the pillars. I love the cemetery plots because there was thought behind the monuments for the people. I love Khrushchev's plot.

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    1. You know, it was long after I wrote the post that I got the connection between the cemetery and the Nazgul. Maybe it was something in the back of my mind.

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  6. Amazing photos. Those churches and cathedrals look so beautiful. I love to see the rich art and architecture in old places of worship like this.

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    1. And Russia is very old. More really old stuff to come.

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  7. All I can think of to say is, WOW! So pretty.

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
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    1. Wow pretty much sums up a lot of this architecture.

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  8. Oh wow! Those are beautiful illustrations on the walls!

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  9. Oh wow! It really is gorgeous!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  10. What a visual feast. I wouldn't have had enough memory room on my iPhone for a trip like you took. Each post seems more colorful than the last one. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. That's why I travel with a digital camera with lots of memory. But I must say my friend's pictures on her iPhone were really good.

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