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solovetsky monastery view from holy-lake ,lies to the east of the Solovetsky monastery ,Solovetsky Archipelago ,Solovki , White Sea, Arkhangelsk Region

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Solovetsky monastery, view from holy-lake ,lies to the east of the Solovetsky monastery , The Solovetsky Archipelago (Solovki) in the White Sea,Arkhangelsk Region. Вид на Соловецкий монастырь и святое озеро на закате , 2010 год

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G: Соловецкий монастырь

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H: Соловецкий монастырь

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