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Follow the fields - My Roots!
This is the place my roots are coming. For centuries my ancestors have livev around some kilometers circle from this point. About 70 years ago there were buildings and the fields were in good shape, now nothing, even building groundworks are missing. Trees behind were smaller and then there was a Lake Ladoga view. Some ten year ago there were cattle in the field but now the area is empty. In WWII we lost the place twice the last time was 1944 and my grandparents never see this after that. Lucky we are that might have been too heavy experiece to them.
Follow the towns - Infrastructure
This is taken in a small town called Läskelä. It has an address, probably Läskelä Ulitsa 28, but if the postal system is in as good shape an this, I wouldn't recommend to send a postcard here. Or if you do, the contrast beetween the house and some beach restaurant is huge, like the distance to the Mars. I don't find anything positive to say, unless: you don't believe before you see it.
Follow the churches - old and new ones
Hmm... there are old ones in good and bad shape, mostly in the areas of faster development (Valamo, St.P, Moskov and lot more) but this area is one of the most under developed, new buildings are build with private money, and the result is visible, in both old and new churches.The church under destroying phase has been in same condition from 1945 and the new one has a bar also. World is and is not changing!
Follow the Nature - It's so beautiful
Instead of architecture the nature is mostly left as is, which in this case in luck. Places were there are no people and in good shape, but the industries have polluted heavily both rivers and Lake Ladoga. I have heard many "don't swim here" but never trusted (and my skinn is still in ooh... very good shape).
SOLOVETSKIY: Archipel Gulag
When you read about "Archipel Gulag" , the famous book tells you the story of this remote island in Ostrov Solovetskiy that was once built as a monastery and turned into one of the most horrible prison-camps of russian history.We got there as a fullday-trip from the end of Belomorsk-canal, at first 3 hours in a horrible bus on terrible roads and then another hour by ship to the islands, but it was really worth all the trouble.This monastery is really impressive, the walls around the monastery built of giant natural rocks and a lot of great antiques and works of art in its museums and churches.
Valaam is another island that I saw on my cruise to the White sea. There are a lot of great monasteries on that island but unfortunately we had just time to visit some small ones at the end of the island. It was a great afternoon anyway !
KIZHI: wooden houses galore !
There are a lot more wooden buildings on dîsplay in the open-air-museum of Kizhi and this was my favorite: The house of the peasant Oshevnev from the village of Oshevnevo is in my opinion the most beautiful and most interesting house of the southern part of Kizhi island. And it is also one of the few buildings that you are able to enter and take a closer look at the ancient architecture and interesting furniture.This farmhouse also includes a Banja, a russian sauna-house, that was built directely at the lake
KIZHI: The Church of the Intercession
In Kizhi you will find another great church next to it: The Church of the Intercession is the name of the winterchurch and it could be heated during the strong russian winters and it was added in 1764. There is a great ikonostasis with 4 rows of a total of 102 icons and this church is open to the public.In my main photo you see both churches : the large summerchurch in the back and the smaller winterchurch in the front, on the right plus the belfry in front on the left. All churches are surrounded by a wall with a stone-basement and a wooden defence-wall !Inside the Church of the Intercession you will find a lot of great icons already in the entrancehall and a total of 102 icons combined into the iconostasis in the main church. Not all of the great works of art and icons that you will see in this church were originally made for this church, as some of them were taken from other churches...
KIZHI: The Church of the Transfiguration
Kizhi is the highlight of all cruises between Moscow and St. Petersburg and this is its best church: The Church of the Transfiguration / Verklärungskirche was also built there back in 1714, a long time before anybody ever thought of making a museum there and it was in use till 1937. At the moment it is under restauration untill 2014 and this is why we were not able to enter this wonderful church with the 22 onionshaped domes. The wooden construction is made of pine-wood and the shindles of the domes are made of aspen-wood. There is a wide fence or rather a wooden wall around this church and another church that is used in wintertime: see it in my next tip !
Visit the Solovki
Visit the island of Solovki (Solovets), cause the monastery is huge and has an amazing history, people live in a very simple way, the food is different and served different, the lake Svetloe is with very cold water, but is said to make your skin helthier and prettier.. etc :)
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