Novodevichy Convent

Smolensk cathedralWe stop at the Novodevichy Convent to enjoy its panoramic view from the banks of the Novodevichy pond while passing it by in the City Tour.

Also the Novodevichy Convent could be an independent destination (1,5-2 hours) as a medieval Russian fortress and the last shelter for many widows and sisters of the Russian Tsars.

Novodevichy Convent



It’s name is closely connected with two famous Russian rulers: Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great. Their female relatives used to be honorable nuns of the convent.

Nowadays it belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church and functions as an acting convent.


Iconostasis Smolensk cathedral






Opened for visitors:
Wednesday – Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Day off: Tuesday
Smolensk cathedral is opened for visiting only in summer time (June – August)
Entrance fee: 300 rub/person
For my guiding service additional charge 500 rub/group (1-15 persons)
For taking photos on the grounds and inside: 100 rub
Official web page of the Novodevichy convent