Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Solovetsky Monastery, Russia

Solovetsky Monastery in Russia

postmarked in 2010 with three Russian stamps

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Solovetsky Monastery, founded in the late 1429 by monks, was the greatest citadel of Christianity in the Russian North before being turned into a special Soviet prison and labor camp (1926–1939).

Today, the Solovetsky Monastery is a historical and architectural museum. It was one of the first Russian sites to have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During last several years the monastery has been through a lot of repairs, but it is still under reconstruction.

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