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Valaam Island. Abbot's cemetery. Interior.

Остров Валаам. Игуменское кладбище. Внутреннее убранство.

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A: abbot cemetery outside valaam

od Dmitry Ruzov, 10 meters away

Valaam Island. Abbot's cemetery. Outside.Остров Валаам. Игуменское кладбище, окрестности.

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B: Valaam SummerHotel OurRoom

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C: Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in the Valaam Monastery

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Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in the Valaam Monastery

D: Valaam St. Vladimir Skit

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E: central homestead hall

od Dmitry Ruzov, 1.0 km daleko

I. Valaam. Central homestead. Hall.Остров Валаам. Центральная усадьба. Холл.

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F: Upper Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral Valaam

od Dmitry Ruzov, 1.0 km daleko

Upper Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral ValaamВалаам, Спасо-Преображенский собор,...

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G: Lower Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral Valaam

od Dmitry Ruzov, 1.0 km daleko

Lower Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral ValaamВалаам, Спасо-Преображенский собор,...

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H: Upper Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral Valaam

od Dmitry Ruzov, 1.0 km daleko

Upper Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral ValaamВалаам, Спасо-Преображенский собор,...

Upper Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral Valaam

I: Lower Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral Valaam

od Dmitry Ruzov, 1.0 km daleko

Lower Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral ValaamВалаам, Спасо-Преображенский собор,...

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J: central homestead refectory

od Dmitry Ruzov, 1.1 km daleko

I. Valaam.Central homestead, refectory.Остров Валаам. Центральная усадьба. Братская трапезная.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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