21st World Petroleum Congress

15 - 19 June, 2014, Moscow, Russia

Date: 14 June, Saturday

Time: 09:00-12:45

Price: 70 EUR per pax

St. Basil’s Cathedral or the Cathedral of the Intercession, as it is called officially, was constructed in 1560 by the order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the liberation from the Tatar-Mongol domination. Its original design belongs to the two architects from Pskov – Barma and Postnik. The composition of the cathedral – 9 chapels placed on a single foundation – symbolizes Russia’s victory in the struggle against Tatar-Mongols. Today cathedral is a museum containing an exhibition dedicated to the history of its construction. It contains the icon stand of the Trinity Church and the famous icon “Entry into Jerusalem”.

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

The main religious attraction of Moscow is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The history of the Cathedral begins on December 25, 1812. This was the day that the last soldiers of Napoleons' 600,000 man army were driven out of Russia. Emperor Alexander I signed a Manifesto ordering the construction of a magnificent Cathedral in honor of Christ the Savior in Moscow as a thanksgiving to God and to honor the victorious Russian army.

After the Revolution, the prominent site of the cathedral called out for redevelopment by the Soviets, who planned to replace the church with a monument to socialism, known as the Palace of Soviets. It would rise in modernistic buttressed tiers to support a gigantic sculpture of Lenin, arm raised in blessing, perched atop a dome. On December 5, 1931, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was dynamited and reduced to rubble.

With the end of the Soviet rule, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (February 1990). In1996 the completed Cathedral of Christ the Savior was consecrated in August 19, 2000.

The ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent is situated in the most picturesque place in the southwest of Moscow, in a bend of the Moskva River. Founded in 1524 to mark the reunion of Smolensk and Moscow, the Novodevichy Convent is one of the finest examples of the 16th-17th century architecture. Expressive complex of convent structures built in 12 turrets, Gate Transfiguration and Intercession Churches with adjacent Lopukhin’s and Maria’s Chambers, the bell tower, and the refectory with the Church of Assumption, and other structures built at the time. The convent is connected with the Church major events in the Russian history, such as the coronation of Boris Godunov, the fight over the Russian throne between Peter the Great and his troublesome sister Princess Sophia, and the events of the war of 1812.

By 1926 the Convent had been transformed into a historic and art museum. Its collection includes old Russian paintings, works of decorative and applied art. The old cemetery within the convent walls is a burial place of eminent Russian artists, actors, scientists and politicians. Today the convent is the residence of Moscow Metropolit.

Novodevichy cemetery, adjacent to the convent, is awash with the graves of many famous people such as Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Mayakovsky, Eisenstein, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Khrushchev, Stalin's wife, Russian president B. Eltsin, well-known Russian clown Y. Nikulin and many others.

At the end of the tour a shopping for souvenirs can be arranged in one of the shops near the Novodevichy convent or the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

 

TERMS OF BOOKING

  • All tours start and finish at the Metropol Hotel (address: Teatralny Proezd 2).
  • The tour is non-private. The rate includes coach, English speaking guide, entrance fees and VAT 18%.
  • Delegates are to assemble at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.
  • The deadline for online booking and payment is 27 May 2014. The tour booking will not be confirmed until 100% prepayment is received.
  • Once the tour has been paid in full, it may be replaced by another tour of an equivalent cost or higher no later than 27 May 2014. For any replacements please contact us in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The difference in cost of the earlier booked tour will be reimbursed by the Organiser within 60 days after the closing of the event. In case payment was made by a bank transfer, bank fees will not be refunded.

 

TERMS OF CANCELLATION

  • Tour can be cancelled without penalties no later than 27 May 2014. Cancellations must be made in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • After 27 May 2014 no refunds will be made for the tour once it has been booked and paid in full.
  • Refunds will be reimbursed by the Organiser within 60 days after the closing of the event. In case payment was made by a bank transfer, bank fees will not be refunded.
  • No refunds will be granted for no-shows and late comers.

 

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