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This architectural ensemble was constructed in early 16th century in commemoration of victory over Lithuania in the battle for the town of Smolensk. It also served as a fortress to defend the shallow of the Moskva river. The convent is notorious as a place where Russian most prominent women were forced to take a veil. The Smolensky cathedral (two of its cupolas are seen behind the wall-tower) is now one of the most ancient edifices in Moscow.

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