Ascension David’s Hermitage

Ascension David's Hermitage
Cathedral of the All-Merciful Savior

Ascension David’s Hermitage in the village of Novy Byt near Moscow

You will see bright temples surrounded by forests from the Simferopol highway, not yet reaching the place. Ascension David’s Hermitage in New Life is a stunningly beautiful and quiet place where you can come at any time of the year, and you will be equally happy. In summer, there is a lot of greenery and lush flower beds. In winter, yellow, pink and peach buildings of strict forms are dusted with snow and look even more majestic. And in the fall, there is just a riot of colors, when the foliage changes on the trees.

The most beautiful view is from the side of the pond. In sunny weather, the temples are reflected in it, as in a mirror. And you forget about everything, looking at this picture. It is no coincidence that most of the photos and postcards depict the monastery from this perspective.

Ascension David's Hermitage
At the beginning of the 16th century, a monastery was founded, earlier on this place there were forests

The founding date of the monastery is 1515. Then the monk David came here, who had previously served in the Pafnutevo-Borovsky monastery in the Kaluga region. David, together with two novices, reached the bank of the Lopasnya River and built a temple here. It is noteworthy that they brought with them the icon of the Mother of God “The Sign”, after which one of the cathedrals is still named.

Ascension David's Hermitage in the village of Novy Byt near Moscow
Assumption Church

In the mid-1600s, the monastery was given to a monastery in New Jerusalem, but later Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich again made it independent.

The 17th century is considered the heyday of David’s Hermitage, when she had several farmsteads and even a chapel on the Arbat in Moscow.

Ascension David's Hermitage
This is how birds see David’s desert.

In 1929 the monastery was closed, and some of the monks were repressed. According to legend, Elder Valentin remained here, he was 90 years old. The Bolsheviks could not openly admit that they were killing him, and staged suicide. At that place, a key soon kicked in …

Ascension David's Hermitage
Ancient Ascension Cathedral.

In Soviet times, the territory was given over to an agricultural college. The Davidov Hermitage in New Byt was returned to the Church in the 90s of the 20th century, then the first services were held after many years that there were no monks and pilgrims.

Ascension David's Hermitage
behind the monastery buildings and the wall, once the grove planted by the Monk David blossomed

Interesting Facts
The most remarkable fact, which all the guides tell about, is that David, the founder of the monastery, planted a linden grove here.
In the 19th century, the iconostasis was changed in the Nikolskaya church of the monastery. Then Metropolitan Filaret said that the old icons should be distributed to other churches that needed them.
Until now, historians argue about the purpose of the second tier of the bell tower. It was originally decorative or it was supposed to install bells. Despite the fact that they have never been here.

Ascension David's Hermitage
Behind the fence – the revived monastery cemetery
Ascension David's Hermitage
Nikolskaya Church is connected with the Ascension Cathedral by a sacristy.