Saturday, 7 January 2017

Novodevichy Convent

We will continue today to explore Russia's capital city.

Last week we were discovering the Moscow's Red Square. I do not know if realise, but it is by far not the only amazing place in the city. Let me take you today to another (and not the last!) UNESCO World Heritage Site in Moscow - the Novodevichy Convent.

The Novodevichy Convent (literally - the new convent of the Virgin, as opposed to the old convent of the Virgin located on the Moscow's Kremlin) was founded in 1524 to commemorate the successful siege of Smolensk by the Russian forces. It is red and white, surrounded by a high wall. Let's e enter by the gate that is located in the Gate-Church of the Transfiguration.

 The most important building in the complex is the Smolensk cathedral.

To be honest, when I think of a cathedral usually I have in mind a picture of a much larger church. The five domes represent Jesus and the four Evangelists. It is maybe not fully visible on the picture but the middle one is golden and visibly larger while the other four are smaller and blueish.

Next to it, you will find a number of other churches, painted in either deep red combined with white ...

... or simply in white. Or at least some colour that probably used to be white.

We will leave the convent through the Gate-Church of the Intercession.

And then look to the other side of the Moskva river.

The Moscow city at its best, just so close to the convent.

And now, turn one more time to embrace the real beauty of the Novodevichy convent. In full sun and the snow around it is really breathtaking.

1 comment:

  1. mam ochotę napisać tylko "wow" i na tym zakończyć, ale ponieważ nie wypada to dodam jeszcze, że na "zwykłych zdjęciach" te miejsca wyglądają nadal przepięknie i niesamowicie fascynująco i tylko utwierdzam się w przekonaniu, że bardzo chciałabym odwiedzić Moskwę (i nie tyko). może kiedyś pojawię się tam gdzie był już Rick :)