Eastern Outskirts

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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.


Andronik Monastery

A stroll inside the heavy stone fortifications of this monastery, founded in 1360 by Metropolitan Alexei and named in honor…

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Krutitskoye Ecclesiastical Residence

The name comes from the word kruta, meaning "hill," and a small monastery built here sometime in the 13th century…

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New Savior Monastery

This monastery with a yellow belfry dates to the 13th century, when it was inside the Kremlin. Ivan the Great,…

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