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!

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