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Monastery Bay wharf

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I. Valaam. Monastery Bay, wharf.

Остров Валаам. Монастырская бухта. Пристань.

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A: Znamenskaya chapel Valaam

by Dmitry Ruzov, 170 meters away

I.Valaam. Znamenskaya chapel nearby central homestead.Остров Валаам. Знаменская часовня неподалеку от...

Znamenskaya chapel Valaam

B: central homestead kare valaam

by Dmitry Ruzov, 240 meters away

I.Valaam. Central homestead. Cloister between the outer and inner square.Остров Валаам. Центральная у...

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C: inner monastry yard central homestead valaam

by Dmitry Ruzov, 280 meters away

I.Valaam. Inner courtyard of the central monastic estates.Остров Валаам. Внутренний монастырский двор...

inner monastry yard central homestead valaam

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

by Dmitry Ruzov, 300 meters away

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

by Dmitry Ruzov, 300 meters away

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

by Dmitry Ruzov, 300 meters away

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

by Dmitry Ruzov, 300 meters away

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H: central homestead refectory

by Dmitry Ruzov, 310 meters away

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

central homestead refectory

I: central homestead hall

by Dmitry Ruzov, 330 meters away

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

central homestead hall

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

by Dmitry Ruzov, 330 meters away

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Text by Steve Smith.

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