The Convent of the Intercession
The Convent of the Intercession Suzdal Reviews
More secrets and stories than beauty Aug 09, 2007
The Convent of the Intercession is not a very handsome convent, but I was intrigued by it because of the stories and secrets the place has.
The convent was founded in 1364 as a place of exile for unwanted wives of tsars who had somehow disappointed their husbands. One of those discarded women was Solomonia Saburova, the first wife of Vasily III. She was send to this convent in 1520 because she appeared infertile. The story goes that she actually did become pregnant, but that by the time she found about her condition, the divorce proceedings had already started and she was sure nobody would believe her.
A baby boy was born at the convent, but fearing her son would be seen as a dangerous rival to any sons produced by Vasily’s new wife, Solomonia secretly had him adopted while she pretended he had died shortly after being born. There was a mock burial and even an empty tomb.
Later it turned out Solomonia had made the right decision, for Vasily’s second wife did give birth to a son, and not just any son : Ivan the Terrible.
Like I said, it’s not the biggest attraction Suzdal has to offer, other places like the Kremlin, the Monastery of Saint Euthymius or the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life are much more interesting to look at. But if you happen to have enough time and you’re in the neighbourhood it’s nice to spend some time here.
Part of the Western Russia 2007 travel blog
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