Intercession Monastery

Founded in the 17th century, this convent is a Christian place of pilgrimage, being the repository of the remains of Saint Matrona of Moscow. It is believed that adoration of the relics of Saint Matrona heals life-threatening illnesses. Initially intended as a men's cloister, Intercession (Pokrovsky) Convent was build amid a graveyard, where beggars, homeless people and "fools for Christ" were buried. The popular name for the convent was "Bozhedomsky." The convent had been rebuilt many times before it was closed in the early 1900s. A part of the local necropolis was destroyed, and Tagansky Park was planted in its stead. The convent runs an orphanage for girls.