New Maiden Convent is a baroque-style complex of 15 buildings and 16 domes dating from the 16th century. Grand Prince Vasiliy the Third founded the Convent in 1514 to commemorate the capture of Smolensk from Lithuania, which had controlled the area for over the century The Convent was built on the road to Smolensk and it's central buildin is the Virgin of Smolensk Cathedral. Boris Godunov was crowned here in 1598. Later the Convent served mainly as a religious retreat for Russian noblewomen: Peter the Great banished his half-sister Sophia and first wife Evdoxia to the Convent and forced them to wear the veil. The Convent was converted into a museum in 1922.


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