Sacred Sights in Moscow

Andronikov-Monastery ©paukrus/flickr

Andronikov-Monastery ©paukrus/flickr

First let’s take a look at the Andronikov Monastery of the Saviour, Cathedral of the Archangel, Choral Synagogue and the Novodevichy Convent. Located on the left bank of Yauza River, the Andronikov Monastery contains the oldest extant building in Moscow. The Andrei Rublev, the greatest medieval Russian painter lives here. The second oldest monument in the abbey is the refectory. It is also the third largest other than the Palace of Facets and Joseph-Volotsky Monastery. The main features are the massive walls and towers of the 17th century, they are strong walls of white stone and three stout towers. There is the Neoclassical belltower, tallest in Moscow. Entering the Holy Gate or the Svyatye vorota, you will see on the left the Abbot’s Residence. The Russian Orthodox church that is dedicated to Archangel Michael in the Cathedral Square is another must see. You can find it between the Ivan Great Bell Tower and the Great Kremlin Palace. Under an Italian architect named Aleviz Fryazin Noviy, the Cathedral of the Archangel was built on an older spot of a 1333 older cathedral. This cathedral has a different style in comparison to the others. It has five domes which represents the Four Evangelists and Jesus Christ. The shell-shaped ornaments and the semi-circular niches, with white limestone gateways in arc-shaped frames give sit a stunning Italian Renaissance flavour. Its 13 meters high iconostasis is one of the oldest iconostasis and hanging on it are chandeliers dated from the 17th century. Other highlights of this cathedral are the 16th century wall frescoes painted by Joseph Vladimirov, Yakov of Kazan and also Stepan of Ryazan.

Choral Synagogue and the Novodevichy Convent

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©devilsdocry/flickr

The large silver dome and the yellow and white walls on the outside of Choral Synagogue is what makes it very special. Its Neo-Classical facade is also fascinating where you can spot a golden hand sculpture from across the streets. Inside is rather Moorish style, with murals and Arabesque moldings. Be aware if you wish to check out the inside, you ought to be dressed appropriately. Otherwise, you are also recommended to know the ropes of an Orthodox Jewish service. The Novodevichy Convent is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can see the oldest structure of the six-pillared five- domed cathedral and the finest frescos in Moscow. This best known cloister of Moscow is also known as the Bogoroditse-Smolensky Monastery.

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