Today there are some monasteries that exist from the ancient times and they are still the original buildings. Among these, we single out the Danilov monastery or St. Daniel’s monastery (Holy Danilov Monastery or Svyato-Danilov Monastery) that was constructed in towards end of the 13th century. It was ordered by Prince Daniel of Moscow, son of Prince Alexander Nevsky.
The son of Prince Daniel, Ivan Kalita, transferred the Monastery to the Kremlin.
During the 19th century, the Danilov Monastery (Danilov "Church Over the Gate") was well-known for its cemetery. Such reknowned people as N. V. Gogol, N.G. Rubinstein, S.M. Tretyakov, A.S. Khomyakov and others are buried there.
The Monastery closed its doors, in 1930, by orders of soviet leaders. The Prior of the monastery, Archbishop Fyodor (Pozdeyevsky) and most of his brethren were shot. On the Millennium of Christianity, in Russia, it was reconstructed according to popular demand by the public at large.
Today, many monastery buildings are still standing and have been renovated. The unique surviving brick walls are really impressive. You will also have the chance to have a look towers which were added to the complex during the 17th century.
We start the tour of the famous 18th century the Gate-Church of St. Simeon the Stylite. It is interesting to note that these particular bells were sold to Harvard University after having being turned down by Bolsheviks! Now the bell tower is decorated with the images of orthodox church saints.
Inside the monastery you can see the Trinity Cathedral, planned, designed and built in 1833 by the architect Osip Bove, with a beautiful single green cupola. Visitors will also be shown the gold-domed Millennium Chapel, built on the same spot of Lenin’s statue, in 1988, to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the re-establishment of Christianity in Russia. It is a pity that it was impossible to restore the graves destroyed by the Bolsheviks, but the newly established chapel stands in honour of all those buried in the grounds of monastery.
The tour takes approximately 1,5 hours.
Price per person in EURO
- Entrance tickets;
- Guide-interpreter (English, Spanish, French or German);
- Monastery guide;
- Tour in the monastery.
N.B. - We can arrange transportation to museum if needed (extra charge).
See more tours:
Holy Trinity Monastery
The Cathedral of Crist the Savior
and more tours to Moscow