Solovetsky Monastery,  Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia – Heroes Of Adventure

Solovetsky Monastery, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia 

The Solovetsky Monastery is a fortified monastery located on the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea in northern Russia. It was one of the largest Christian citadels in northern Russia before it was converted into a Soviet prison and labor camp in 1926–39, and served as a prototype for the camps of the Gulag system. The monastery has experienced several major changes and military sieges. Its most important structures date from the 16th century, when Filip Kolychev was its hegumen.

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