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Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Solovetskiy Patriarchal Monastery

Solovetskiy, Arkhangelsk Oblast 164070, Russia
+7 818 359-02-98
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A Monastery, Prison & Graveyard All Needing Restoration.

We visited here during a recent cruise stop. Solovetsky is a cluster of 6 islands with a population... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Pompano Beach, Florida
Obviously a must see in Solovki!

the monastery is currently under full renovation, but one can already see how beautiful it'll be... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
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Solovetskiy, Arkhangelsk Oblast 164070, Russia
+7 818 359-02-98
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We visited here during a recent cruise stop. Solovetsky is a cluster of 6 islands with a population of about 1,200. The islands were also used as a prison camp (Gulag). The primary reason to stop here is to visit the Monastery. Founded in 1429,...More

1  Thank Eddiemack
Reviewed 15 July 2017

the monastery is currently under full renovation, but one can already see how beautiful it'll be once it will be finished and also how beautiful it was in its glorious times. We visited the monastery as well as the fortress. well worth the visit. There...More

1  Thank danielarainer
Reviewed 18 October 2016

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 stop in Carelia before heading back to...More

2  Thank apv2114
Reviewed 13 July 2016

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

3  Thank Artemy
Reviewed 20 August 2015

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 place or anything like it. i did not waste much time...More

Thank Evgeniia M
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

We took the effort to go to Solovestky on our on and in the end we where a bit disappointed. The reason is that the infrastructure there isn't made for spontaneous, individual travellers. Parts of the monastery (old mill, prison, walk on the walls and...More

3  Thank lindenblatt
Reviewed 16 August 2015

The monastery has a history as a destination for worship, pilgrimage, commercial enterprises and a notorious prison camp. In 1937, Stalin turned the complex into one of the empire's harshest gulags (forced work camps), where countless prisoners died. It has now been recognized by UNESCO...More

Thank Greg_and_Claude
Reviewed 13 August 2015

I read whatever I could find in English before I went to Solovetsky; the most comprehensive coverage is "Solovki : the story of Russia told through its most remarkable islands by Roy R. Robson, which I recommend to the serious traveler. We arrived from a...More

1  Thank Nancy2005
Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Quite an architectural structure. Quite a sad and varied history. Very remote. The father of all Gulags. Very sobering to learn of the horrible, I humane things that we we done to people here.

Thank kiddydoc1
Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

The momastery is the main reason tourists come to the islands. And it is well worth the visit. Large area with pleanty of buildings and a history of over 500 years. Important to take a guided tour in order to get access to all the...More

2  Thank Audi77
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Ludka D
13 January 2017|
Response from apv2114 | Reviewed this property |
kind of. if you bring a phrasebook with you, it should be no problem. i recommend Lonely Planet's one or Google Translate Russian in offline mode