There are three ancient monasteries along the banks of the Moskva River, in the southeast section of Moscow. They date to Moscow's earliest days, when it was the center of a fledgling principality and constantly under threat of enemy attack. Two of these monasteries were built across the river from the Kremlin as part of a ring of defense fortifications.
Formerly suburban, this area didn't fare well as the city grew. Beginning in the 19th century, factories were built along the banks of the river, including the famous Hammer and Sickle metallurgical plant. This industrial center is long gone, and these quaint monasteries remain and are being slowly restored.
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Kuskovo Estate and Palace Museum
In the 18th and 19th centuries the country estate of Kuskovo was a summer playground for the Moscow aristocracy. It…Learn More >
A stroll inside the heavy stone fortifications of this monastery, founded in 1360 by Metropolitan Alexei and named in honor…Learn More >
Krutitskoye Ecclesiastical Residence
The name comes from the word kruta, meaning "hill," and a small monastery built here sometime in the 13th century…Learn More >