National Geographic : 1914 Nov
Photo byGilbert H.Grosvenor THE RICHEST AND MOST CELEBRATED MONASTERY IN MOSCOW: MONASTERY OF MIRACLES (CHUDOV) Here the ambassador of the Tatar Khan, to whom Moscow paid tribute for nearly 300 years, stabled hishorses; butwhen thewife ofthe Khan was cured of an illness by Alexis, head (metropolitan) of the Russian church, she made a gift oftheland to'the church. Alexis then founded this monastery, whose buildings, like all other buildings in the Kremlin, have been rebuilt many times. The library contains several hun dred valuable manuscripts on parchment, some of them dating from the thirteenth century. The utensils ofgold and silver arepriceless. Itis still customary for parents to bring their children to the shrine to be blessed before they are put into school. Atthetime ofCatherine IIthe monastery had 19,000 male serfs attached to it.