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Wordless Wednesday: Donskoy Cemetary

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When burials in central Moscow were banned after the 1771 plague, the Donskoy Monastery became a graveyard for the nobility, and it is littered with elaborate tombs and chapels.


Seven Orthodox cemeteries were established around the city, and the Donskoy Cemetery became the most prestigious. Among the great families that began to use the cemetery were the princes Golitsyn and Zubov, who built private chapels – the Alexander Svirsky Church and the Archangel Church respectively – within the grounds of the monastery.


The monastery’s hospital became the city’s first crematorium, and a branch of the Shchusev Architectural Museum was established at the monastery to house (in semi-secret) sculptures and ornaments from destroyed churches.

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