It is the first Orthodox Convent of the St. Petersburg eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church. Initially the monastery was located in the area of Smolny Cathedral in the Summer palace of the empress Elizabeth Petrovna. Catherine the Great had established a school for the maidens from noble families there, which was then transformed into Smolny institute. By 1797 some nuns were taken into other convents, and in 1827 Voskresensky Novodevichy Convent was closed. In 1845 the emperor Nikolay I signed the decree about the renewal of the Convent. Later, in the autumn of 1848 the Convent was transferred closer to the Moscow triumphal arch, where it is nowadays. The last time of the abolishment of the Convent in 1937, but since 1995 it became active again, and so up to the present days.
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