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Spaso-Borodino monastery on the Borodino field photo

The Spaso-Borodino monastery was founded by Margarita Tuchkova. Her husband, General Tuchkov, was killed during the battle of Borodino on Bagration fleches. She tried to find his body, but could only find his ring. At this place, she founded a monastery and became its abbess.

In 1817, Margarita Tuchkova received permission from the Emperor Alexander I and 10 thousand rubles for the construction of the Church. After that, she bought three tithes of land on the Middle Bagration fleches. In 1818, she built a small Church of the icon of the Saviour Image of Edessa. This was the regimental icon of the Revel regiment, which was led by her husband. Next to it, she built a small house.

In 1826, after the death of her son, she freed her peasants and finally moved into this house. Widows who also lost their husbands in the battle of Borodino began to come here. In 1839, the Spaso-Borodinsky monastery was opened here. With donations from Nicholas I, new churches were built here: the Church of Filaret the Merciful (1839), the bell tower (1840), the Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin (1852).

The great Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin was founded a year before the death of abbess Margarita Tuchkova. It is built in the Byzantine style, designed by the architect Bykovsky. Funds for the construction of the Cathedral were collected throughout Russia, mainly among soldiers and officers of the Russian army.

The earthen ramparts of Bagration fleches were preserved both inside the monastery and outside its walls. Next to the wall of the Spaso-Borodino monastery is a military cemetery, where thousands of soldiers who died during the battle of Borodino are buried. A small chapel was built in front of it, where the nun of the Spaso-Borodino monastery, the saint nun Rachel, is buried.

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Monument to the Valiant heroes of Borodino in front of the Church of the Saviour Image of Edessa (1820) in the Spaso-Borodino monastery
Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin (1859) and bell tower (1839) in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Spaso-Borodinsky convent on the site of Bagration`s fleches on the Borodino field
Interior of the Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Preserved Bagration fleches inside the territory of the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Holy Virgin in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
The house Of M. Tuchkova, who searched for her husband`s body on the Borodino field and founded the Spaso-Borodino monastery on the spot where she found his ring
General Tuchkov, defending Bagration fleches in the house of M. Tuchkova, who founded the Spaso-Borodinsky monastery on the site of the death of her husband
Engraving Margarita Tuchkova looking for the body of her husband General Tuchkov at the Semyonovsky redoubt of Bagration fleches
Church of John the Baptist (1880) in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Bagration fleches on the Borodino field. Spaso-Borodino monastery was built inside of fleches 10 year after battle
Memorial stones at Bagration fleches in the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Chapel of nun Rachel Borodinskaya at the military cemetery in front of the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
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
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
Earthen ramparts of Bagration fleches around the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field
Earthen ramparts of Bagration fleches around the Spaso-Borodino monastery on Borodino field