Hop aboard a comfortable coach and view a unique panorama of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills, watch changing of the guard at Alexander’s Garden, stroll through the legendary Red Square – the site of many marches and celebrations during Communist times – and the famous GUM department store. Admire the magnificent St. Basil's Cathedral, pass through Lubyanka Square and the headquarters of the former KGB. Learn about an architectural style dubbed “Stalin Gothic” and the skyscrapers known as “Seven Sisters” recognizable by their tapered towers.
Founded in 1524 by Tsar Vasily III the New Maiden Convent was intended to serve not only as a religious institution but also as a fortress. Founded by the tsar, it enjoyed a special position among the many monasteries and convents of Moscow and became a convent primarily for ladies of noble birth. It was also used as a prison for rebellious royals.
New Maiden Cemetery is one of the Moscow's most popular tourist sites. It has a park dotted with small chapels and large sculpted monument. The cemetery was first used primarily as a burial place for Moscow's feudal rulers and church officials. Later it came to be used for Russia's intellectuals and merchants. Since the 20th century, it holds the tombs of Russian authors, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists.
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