Located next to Novodevichy Convent, although not accessible from it, is the famous Novodevichye Cemetery. The cemetery was first opened in 1898 but in the 1930s it increased in size and stature when the graves of famous Russians were moved here from monasteries which were closed by the Soviets. Nowadays its gravestones read as a who's who of Russian history, politics and culture. The attraction in visiting this cemetery is not just in the famous names, but also the beautiful, moving, unusual and sometimes over-the-top gravestones. Some of the most famous people buried here include: Boris Yeltsin, Raisa Gorbachova, Aleksandr Lebed, Sergey Mikhalkov, Yuri Nikulin, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nadezhda Allilueva, Sergey Eisenstein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Andrei Tupolev and Nikita Khruschev, among many many more. Maps listing all famous graves can be brought at the entrance.
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