In the Novodevichy monastery on the South-West of Moscow, found the remains of walls, built during the reign of Tsar Boris Godunov. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the Institute of archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

Early the walls of the building, the architects-restorers and archaeologists have searched for 70 years, starting from 1950-ies, and at some point there were even doubts their existence. The expedition of Institute of archeology of the RAS works on the territory of the Novodevichy convent in 2016.

Archaeologists found, in particular, remains of the foundations of the towers and walls of an ancient monastery. According to experts, the discovery has allowed to establish that the original complex occupied a much smaller area, in the era of Godunov was surrounded by a small moat and a stone wall, and after it was rebuilt.

the Monastery in its current form is the creation of architects and artists 1680-1690 years, indicated by the archaeologists. “But what was the convent for nearly two centuries before? We managed to finally resolve this mystery, have long occupied historians of monastic life, architecture and planning of Moscow,” they concluded.

the Novodevichy convent was founded by Grand Prince Vasili III in 1524. During the first two centuries of its existence served as a prison for female royals. The object is under protection of UNESCO and declared the common heritage of mankind.