Medieval Moscow

In Krutitskoe podvorye, an old area of Moscow, you feel like you’ve been teleported to another time and dimension. This is an incredibly ancient place on the banks of the Moscow River. It was first mentioned in historical chronicles back in 1350 and as early as the 13th century Prince Daniel of Moscow founded a temple here. A monastery was established here in 1272.

In the 17th century this area evolved to become the residence of the Sarsky and Podonsky bishops and it experienced its peak influence from 1664-1676. The Krutitskoe courtyard stood at the crossroads of several very important routes leading from Moscow to Kolomna and Ryazan.

Despite medieval turmoil and complete neglect during the Soviet era, Krutitskoe podvorye has preserved 80 percent of its architectural buildings and is currently serving as the metochion (an ecclesiastical embassy church) of the Moscow Patriarch.

Fortunately, Krutitskoe podvorye hasn’t lost its ancient aura and there is much for those that love pre-revolutionary Moscow: The streets are paved with round cobblestones and there is an abundance of wooden buildings, brick chambers, defensive fortifications and 17th-century churches.

Its touristic advantage is in its location, which is away from the main attractions while also being relatively close to the city center. There are no tourist buses or long lines: Solo travelers, photographers and filmmakers are typically the only ones that come here.

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Photo and article credit: Elena Larionova