Daily Archives: March 24, 2018

Moscow: Novodevich’ye Cemetery

Anyone who reads this blog will now of my fascination with cemeteries whilst I travel. I call it necro-tourism.

Many of Russia’s most famous politicians, military leaders, musicians and poets and artists are buried at Novodevich’ye Cemetery in Moscow. I spent a few minutes there yesterday, but escaped to the Metro before the sports throngs showed up in the same area for the Brazil-Russia ‘friendly’ football match. (The military and police presence was enough to make a foreigner flee. But the horses were adorable.)

Although the cemetery visit was short, I was able to see enough to make me realize that this is a photographer’s paradise.

Sadly, because of the football event and the early closing of the cemetery and the convent that gave it a name, I did not get to explore as much as I might wish. Perhaps next time. The graves of Prokofiev and Shostakovich and Pushkin and Stanislavsky and Chekhov and Rostropovich and a guy named Khrushchev all await!

Moscow: Swallow Hill

Near Moscow University, on the southern edge of the big bend in the Moscow River, stands Swallow Hill, with the best view of the city to the north and the west.