Solovetsky Island and Monastery

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

We visited Solovetsky Island and Monastery on a cold summer’s day.  This spiritual home to the Russian Orthodox Church was the greatest citadel of the church in the far north until it was turned into a Soviet prison and labour camp from 1923 to 1939, a prototype for the infamous “GULag” system of imprisonment.  The monastery is surrounded by an impressive fortress style wall with 8 watch towers that date back to the 1430s.  Now a UNESCO World Heritage site under some massive restoration by the Russian government.

Solovetsky Monastery
Entrance Gate.
Looking out to the entrance gate.
Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral (1558-1566) filled with reproduced icons.
Pryadil’naya or Spinning Tower