The Orthodox tradition has been historically very strong in Russia: there were times when church and state were inseparable while cathedrals were the ultimate symbol of power and wealth. Some of the most beautiful cathedrals like Cathedral of Basil the Blessed, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, The Novodevichy Convent etc. attract thousands of people from all over the world by their incredible murals and majestic decoration. There are also many churches around Moscow located in small villages — as they continue to play an important role in everyday life of local people, you can become a witness of Russian religious festivals and ceremonies.