Old Donskoy Cemetery

Валерий Шарифулин/ТАСС
This necropolis of the nobility lies within the walls of the Donskoy Monastery (Monastery of Our Lady of the Don), occupying nearly half of the monks' land. The cemetery was never remodelled or renovated during Soviet time. It looks exactly the way it had looked before 1917: the tombs with stately noble names, lavish burial vaults overgrown with ivy... In the mid-20th century, they moved human remains here from those graves which had fallen due for demolition together with other cemeteries, churches and monasteries. Eighteen graves are listed as cultural landmarks of national significance.