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Novodevichy Cemetery

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fr:Cimetière de Novodevitchi pl:Cmentarz Nowodziewiczy Novodevichy Cemetery (Новодевичье кла́дбище) is the most famous cemetery in Moscow, Russia, situated next to the World Heritage Site, the 16th-century Novodevichy Convent, which is the city's third most popular tourist site.

The cemetery was inaugurated in 1898, when it was judged that there were too many burials within monastery walls. One of the first notables to be buried there was Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, whose gilded tomb is the work of Fyodor Shekhtel. As the Bolsheviks desecrated other monasteries in Moscow, the notables interred there (i.e., Nikolai Gogol) were being reburied at the Novodevichy. Today, the cemetery holds the tombs of Russian authors, playwrights, and poets, as well as famous actors, political leaders, and scientists. More than 27,000 are buried at Novodevichy. It has a park-like ambience, dotted with small chapels and large sculpted monuments.
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The New Maidens' Convent gives its name to the cemetery adjacent to its walls.

Some of the famous Russians buried there are:

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