One of the most beautiful monasteries of Moscow is located in the southwest of Moscow, at the bend of the Moscow River, in a kind of peninsula. This remarkable architectural monument, after the Kremlin, is one of the largest in Moscow. It was built in the sixteenth century by Prince Vasily III of Moscow and vote in honor of the return of Smolensk to Russia, after the Polish-Lithuanian rule (hence the middle name “Our Lady of Smolensk”), was devoted to the name of the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Smolensk.
According to legend, the place was called “Field of Maidens,” because at the time of the Tatar-Mongol invasion here were selected the most beautiful girls, who were from the Horde. However, it is believed that his name (Novodevichy, the novices maidens), the convent was won to differentiate Starodevichi Convent (the reverend superiors) located at the Kremlin.
In 1994, the monastery resumed its function. Since 1995, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk church services were held in the days of religious holidays. Novodevichy Convent is included in the UNESCO list of Cultural Heritage.