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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  • 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 »
  • Solovky is an amazing place, certainly worth a visit esp in summer (July- 1st half of Aug). plenty of basic accomodation on the island, you will for sure get by  more »
  • i had expectations of greatness but i arrived to see construction workers and tourists crowding all over the place... every place of interest inside the monastery has entry fee... this is not a holy p...  more »
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  • It is North. Calm. Silence. It's beautiful.
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  • All are excellent, but very expensive! Can somehow to people and cheaper!
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  • Good place ... I want to go there again ... and not for a week. .. And to be there for longer. ..
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  • Poor rich area
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