There are many beautiful churches and cathedrals in Moscow, but we, naturally, would like to show you one of the most spectacular, but certainly the oldest of the cathedrals, namely, Bogoyavlensky. is the oldest male monastery in Moscow, situated in Kitai Gorod, just one block away from the Moscow Kremlin. The first stone church at the Bogoyavlensky monastery was founded in 1342. In 1382, the monastery was sacked by Tokhtamysh's horde.
It is rested on the territory of ancient village Eloch where the church of Holy Virgin stood. St. Basil was baptized exactly in that church. Very close to that church appeared this outstanding Bogoyavlensky cathedral. Firstly it was a wooden village church built in 1687. Then it was rebuilt on the order of Peter the Great. The now - existing Epiphany cathedral was consecrated in 1696. A splendid specimen of the Muscovite baroque style, it incorporated some notable medieval sepulchres. In 1690s, they also built cells for monks and abbot's chamber, which would be re-built in the 1880s. In 1739, a belltower was erected. By 1744, the monastery had already owned 216 peasant homesteads and 1014 peasants.
Bogoyavlensky cathedral is also famous for connections with the Pushkin family. They constantly prayed in the church and Pushkin was christened there.
After the October Revolution, the Epiphany monastery was closed down. In 1929, they stopped holding services in the Bogoyavlensky cathedral. The monastic facilities were first transformed into a campus for students of the Mining Academy and workers, engaged in the subway construction, and later - into metalworks. In the 1950s, they built an office building on the site of the monastery. Cathedral, belltower, monk cells and abbot's chamber were the only buildings to survive. In May, 1991, the Epiphany monastery was restored and officially returned to the Russian Orthodox Church.
So, if this tickles your fancy, come and join us on this historic and informative tour. You’ll be able to talk for years to come in an authoritative manner on Russian history!
Tour takes approximately 1 hour.
Tour program includes:
- Guide-interpreter (English, Spanish, French and German);
- Cathedral guide;
- Tour in the Cathedral.
N.B. - We can arrange transport to museum, if needed.
See more tours:
The Novadevishy Monastery
and see more tours to Moscow