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Borodinskoye Field photo

In 1812 on Borodinskoye Field the army of Napoleon had the main battle with the Russian troops defending Moscow. Neither army won the battle but the Russian continued to retreat. Then they left Moscow, and a bit later the French army was driven out from Russia.

Borodinskoye Field is 12 kilometers to the southwest of Mozhaisk. Now there are over 70 monuments and obelisks on the territory of several thousand hectares. Among them you can single out the main places you must visit. They are: the Battle of Borodino Museum, the Spaso-Borodinsky Monastery, the Rayevsky redoubt, where the main monument devoted to the Russian soldiers is located, as well as the Shevardino redoubt, where the monument «To the Fallen of the Great Army» devoted to the French soldiers killed on Borodinskoye Field is located.

If you go to Borodinskoye Field from Mozhaisk, you will pass by the village Gorky, from where Kutuzov directed the battle. A memorial monument was installed in that place. 

Then you should go to the village Borodino. When you turn left, you will see the Battle of Borodino Museum opened by the hundredth anniversary of the battle in 1912. The exhibits related to the battle, as well as the events, which took place after and before the battle, were gathered at the museum.

A hill is opposite the museum. It is the Rayevsky redoubt, which was the place of the bloodiest events of the battle. The main monument to the Russian soldiers was built on the top of the hill in 1837. The grave of P. I. Bagration who was killed during the Battle of Borodino was moved to the foot of this monument in 1839.

If you continue to go along this road, you can reach the Spaso-Borodinsky Monastery. It is located on the Bagration flèches, which changed hands several times during the battle. General Tuchkov was killed there. And later his wife founded a monastery on the place of his death.

The Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir and a small house of М. Tuchkova is in the center of the monastery. She lived in that house before she became a nun. The big crosses are opposite the entrance to the monastery. It is the military cemetery of the soldiers killed on Borodinskoye Field. St. Rachel, the staritsa of the monastery, was buried near it in 1928. A chapel was built above its grave in 1997.

From the monastery the road leads to Shevardino and the monument «To the Fallen of the Great Ar-my». It was installed at the instance of French government in 1912. It is from there that Napoleon directed the Battle of Borodino. 

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The main monument to Russian warriors at the Raevsky redoubt (1839), the hottest point of the battle of Borodino
Monument Grateful Russia to its Defenders near the Semyonov redoubt on Borodino field
Monument to the Exploits of Ancestors from the Cavalry Guards and Horse Guards, installed on Borodino field in 1912
In different parts of Borodino field, there are more than 200 monuments dedicated to various formations of the Russian army
Monument to the Valiant heroes of Borodino in front of the Church of the Saviour Image of Edessa (1820) in the Spaso-Borodino monastery
French guns in front of the Museum of the Battle of Borodino on Borodino field
At this point of the Shevardinsky hill was the headquarters of Napoleon, where he led the battle of Borodino
Monument to the Dead of the Great Army on the Shevardino redoubt - French soldiers who died during the battle of Borodino
Monument on the site of Kutuzov`s command post in the village of Gorki, where he led the battle of Borodino
Crosses over the military cemetery in front of the Spaso-Borodino monastery, where thousands of soldiers who died during the battle of Borodino were buried
Chapel of nun Rachel Borodinskaya at the military cemetery in front of the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Field near the battery of Raevsky on Borodino field, where was the most fierce bayonet battle of the Russian and French
Russian bayonet attack On the battery of Raevsky, illustration in the novel War and Peace, in the Museum of Leo Tolstoy on Borodino field
The grave of General Bagration, who was buried at the Barrow height of the Rayevsky Battery on Borodino field
The Barrow height where Rayevsky`s Battery was located dominated the center of the Russian army on Borodino field
Spaso-Borodinsky convent on the site of Bagration`s fleches on the Borodino field
Monument to infantry regiments on Bagration fleches on Borodino field
Monument to the 4th infantry division on Borodino field
Earthen ramparts of Bagration fleches around the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin (1859) and bell tower (1839) in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Russian hussar uniforms in the Museum of the battle of Borodino on Borodino field
Location of Russian troops during the battle of Borodino on a model in the Museum on Borodino field
The building of the hotel in 1860, where Leo Tolstoy lived when he wrote the novel War and peace, is now the Museum of Leo Tolstoy
The exhibition of the Leo Tolstoy Museum on Borodino field, dedicated to the work of the great Russian writer
Monument to soldiers who fought on the Borodino field against German troops in 1941, during the Battle of Moscow