Jose has travelled to the Solovetsky Islands, the place where the big stronghold was founded as long ago as the rule of Ivan the Terrible, and which later served for centuries as a monastery. Currently there is still a large monastery and only around eight hundred people living there. The island is in the middle of the White Sea and can be reached by a plane or a ship and is a place of constant pilgrimage for Russian Orthodox believers, so the route is busy all the year round. Here are the photos of a guy who took his turn in visiting the island. I really think you should browse the pages of this post through to the end as there are tons of cool photos of the fortress and even the ancient pre-Christian labyrinth made of stone closer to the end of the post. There are also lots of shots of the beautiful Northern Russian nature and things you can only see there.
This is how it looked initially when they disembarked. So where are the fortresses and monasteries?
Just a short trip (through which one already can see architecture indicating the religious origin of the island) and they can reach the things they came for.
He says a lot of renovation works are going on there so he couldn’t take photos inside but he was amazed at how magnificent the complex looked.
You see women wearing kerchiefs on their heads – that’s an Orthodox tradition, women can’t enter the church bareheaded.
A pretty much Christian pie which the sellers call “Fish-Pie”. There is actual fish meat inside.
And that’s the Labyrinth laid with stones. Many of those were found on Russian North and as numerous the were to the same degree clueless people were who why and when have built those. So they often were just called Witches Rings.