Novodevichy Cemetery

by J-Touchette

Novodevichy Convent, which means 'New Maidens' Monastery' was founded in 1524. The cemetery was opened outside the monastery walls in 1898.

The third most popular tourist attraction in Moscow, the Novodevichy Cemetery is a place of great historical significance. Built right next to the famous Novodevichy Convent, the cemetery was once home solely to Moscow’s feudal rulers and church officials.

But walking in its park like ambiance near the chapels that dot its landscape today, a more diverse crowd is buried there. With over 27,000 people buried in the cemetery including, Russian authors, playwrights, and poets, famous actors, political leaders, and scientists can also be found. Anton Chekhov, a writer, was one of the first famous people interred in the cemetery. Since then Nikita Khrushchev and Boris Yeltsin, both leaders of the country have also been laid to rest there. The cemetery also has some excellent tombstone artwork.

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