Danilov monastery  

Danilov Monastery, Church of St. Simeon Stylite over the gate. A large part of the monastery grounds is a cemetary in which many famous people are burried. In the 1980's the monastery had major restoration work. When the monastery was closed the bell tower was destroyed and the 18 bells disappeared. They were bought by the American engineer, Thomas Witmor, and given to Harvard University. One is at the business school and the other 17 are in a special bell tower. The bell tower, 45 meters high, was rebuilt in 1983 for the restoration of the monastery to the church for the 1000 year celebration of Russian Orthodoxy in 1988. The 23 bells there now were collected from northeast Russia.


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