Decision : 28 COM 14B.46
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Ensemble of Novodevichy Convent)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Inscribes the Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent, Russian Federation, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (iv) and (vi):
Criterion (i): The Novodevichy Convent is the most outstanding example of the so-called ‘Moscow Baroque’, which became a fashionable style in the region of Moscow. Apart from its fine architecture and decorative details, the site is characterised by its town-planning values.
Criterion (iv): The Novodevichy Convent is an outstanding example of an exceptionally well-preserved monastic complex, representing particularly the ‘Moscow Baroque’ style in the architecture of the late 17th century.
Criterion (vi): The Novodevichy Convent ensemble integrates the political and cultural nature of the existing World Heritage property of the Moscow Kremlin. It is itself closely related to Russian Orthodoxy, as well as with the Russian history especially in the 16th and 17th centuries.