Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Solovetskiy Patriarchal Monastery, Solovetskiy
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Explore the World Heritage Site of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Solovetskiy Patriarchal Monastery, which first served as a citadel of Christianity and later was used as labor camp. Established in 1436 by a group of monks among the once-hostile islands of northern Europe, the town grew into an economic and political center of the White Sea region. Visit the central square with complexes of towers, cathedrals, and churches dating back to the 16th century. The north section features ancient workshops, clothes cellars, and lodges. Find out how the residents produced their food here and how they maintained personal hygiene at the time. You may even encounter the monks that live at the site today. Plan to see Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Solovetskiy Patriarchal Monastery and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bolshoy Solovetsky vacation builder.
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  • This historical site has made a huge impression on us. We have planned a trip to the Russian North. Finally it happened. Solovetsky monastery was the final destination of our journey. We were very lucky with the weather, it was warm and sunny. From the parking our ship sailed about two hours by ferry to the Solovetsky Islands, where is this beautiful monastery. Women to visit it is necessary to wear a skirt and take a handkerchief to his head. Unfortunately the restoration of the monastery is not yet finished. This grand historic building, inside a lot of individual buildings and structures. Be sure to visit it with a guide. As our ancestors had these huge boulders of which built the walls inside and outside the riddle for us. But with faith and self-renunciation built all this our ancestors! It was a real Fortress. The monastery really male either then or now, the woman could not stay overnight inside these walls. The history of the monastery and the heroic and bloody. Touch to the origins of the ancient history of Russia is very impressive. Additional mood creates stark natural beauty of the Russian North. Near the monastery is the Holy Lake, where we swam. Sandy Beach and swimming. A dream come true, all highly recommend visit this place of power of our people. We remained are very happy. I want to go back and swim to the boat (visit) other solovetsky Islands. Especially this trip will appeal to those who like Balaam and appreciate the stark beauty of the Russian North.
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  • Monastery in August 2016 was still under restoration parts. Inside a very atmospheric-wall, bottom which consists of huge boulders, wooden roofs, the old brick on the walls of the inner courtyard. Is where to wander. On the territory of a pair of museums were in two. Climbed into prison. Ate monastic rolls (the most delicious food from otvedannoj us on the island), drank kvass (intoxicating feels like). In General, I recommend a visit. On the other hand, by you will not pass if we were on the island.
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  • Reaching Solovki is an experience in itself and getting to this mythical island in the middle of the white sea is a key part of the journey. We visited Kiji the day before and Solovki was our final st...  more »