Simonov monastery (Russian: Симонов монастырь) in
Moscowwas established in 1370 by monk Feodor, a nephew and disciple of St Sergius of Radonezh.
monasteryland formerly belonged to Simeon Khovrin, a boyarof Greek extraction and progenitor of the great clan of Golovins. He took monastic vows in the cloister under the name Simon (hence the name); many of his descendants are also buried there. In 1379, the monastery was moved half a mile to the east. Its original location, where bodies of the warriors killed in the Battle of Kulikovohad been buried, is still commemorated by the old Simonov church.
During the 15th century, the cloister was the richest in Moscow. Among the learned monks who lived and worked there were
Vassian Patrikeyevand Maximus the Greek. A white stone cathedral was erected in 1405; it was later enlarged by order of Ivan the Terrible. As the monastery defended southern approaches to Moscow, it was heavily fortified in the 1640s. The last addition to the complex was a huge multi-storied bell-tower, modelled after Ivan the Great Bell Towerof Moscow Kremlin.
The monastery was abolished by the
Bolsheviksin 1923, and soon thereafter most of its buildings were demolished to make way for an automobile plant. Surviving structures all date back to the 17th century and include three towers of cannon-like appearance and auxiliary buildings in the Naryshkin baroquestyle. Recently the Moscow government announced plans for a full-scale reconstruction of the famous cloister.
According to several sources [ [http://www.dionisy.com/additional/69/ Dionisiy Museum, in Russian] ] [ [http://www.tserkov.info/numbers/history/?ID=1375 "Tserkovny Vestnik", in Russian] ] [ [http://www.pravoslavie.ru/jurnal/060920205426 Pravoslavie.ru site, in Russian] ] , part of the former monastery buildings was transferred in 1990 from the Ministry of Culture of the USSR to
Russian Orthodox Churchand Orthodox community of deaf people, who began the works on restoration and reconstruction of its facilities. The first service here after the restoration was held in 1992.
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