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“Not just Convent!”

Convent of SS Martha and Mary
Ranked #98 of 2,782 things to do in Moscow
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Renovated and repaired just recently, located in the historical part of Moscow - Zamoskvorechye. Small and elegant. Not just a regular church or convent but the social-medical service to sick children. Interesting history and noble service!

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is another old and tired looking church from the outside that needs refurbishing. Inside is better and has nice picturesque walls and ceilings. However, I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.

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Reviewed 13 February 2016

Built in a very nice neighborhood of Moscow, an enjoyable 20 minutes walk from the bridge over the Moscow River to the east of the Cremlin and very close to the famous Tretyakov Gallery.

This aparted white monastery is built in a very peculiar early 20th centure style, not far from German Jugendstil, which is evident both in the architecture and frieze of the main building, and in the ancillary building on the convent premises as well.

The monastery is still active, so the appearance is vivid and the place is very well kept.

Very quiet and interesting.

1  Thank Carlo R
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

The main church of the convent (built 1908-1912) is an early work by Alexei Shchusev, who would become known much later as the architect of the Lenin's Tomb in the Red Square. The church is a striking example of the Russian Revival style popular in Russia at the turn of the XXth century. The church contains important frescoes and mosaic by Mikhail Nesterov as well as some intricate and inspiring stone carving by Sergei Konenkov.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

St. Elizabeth the New Martyr was part of the royalty in Russia at the time of the revolution. She was the sister of Empress Alexandra and was married to Grand-Duke Sergei who was assassinated by terrorists. After his assassination, she devoted her life to prayer and helping others. She sold all her jewels and used all her money to establish this place. She established this convent (not a monastery and she was not a nun) dedicated to a semi-monastic way of life and helping those in need.

After the revolution, since she was of German origin, she had several opportunities to leave through official channels, however, she had totally embraced her new land of Russia and the Orthodox faith and refused to leave. Ultimately, she died for her faith by being thrown down a mine with others who were with here and there they all starved to death. After her body was found by the White Russian Army, it was taken to China and then ended in the Convent on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The Martha-Mary Convent reopened after the fall of the Soviet government and again fulfills its original mission. While not the most beautiful of the many monasteries and churches in Moscow, for a truly inspiring story, this is a place to be seen and a person to learn about.

You might need to make arrangements in advance for a tour of the small museum where she lived inside the convent.

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