Valaam Island — Choir, How To Get There …

Valaam Island

First humans appeared on the islands in the 10th century.

Since then, a lot of things happened. Some historians think that the Monastery was built in 960 and served as a defensive fortress.

Valaam Island

There are more than 50 islands, the biggest one – Valaam, its surface is 28 sq.km. In Valaam, among its forests and fields, Valaam Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior, its buildings and priories are located.

Valaam Island

Average temperature in July +17°. Winter with snow starts in the beginning of December.

Valaam Island

There are more than 480 plant species on the island, many of which were cultivated by monks.

Valaam Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior is a male monastery of Russian Orthodox Church. It was founded in X – XI centuries.

Valaam Island

Every year, about 100,000 pilgrims come in Valaam monastery, 90,000 of which are tourists.

Valaam Island

Male choir “Valaam” – is a modern male musical band from Saint Petersburg that was organized in 1994. Its repertoire counts more than 600 songs: samples of ancient Russian art of singing, traditional and modern church music, folk songs, author songs.

Valaam Island

Valaam – is a house of the disabled, located on the island Valaam (the northern part of Ladoga lake), where war disabled soldiers living in USSR were healed during post-war times from 1950 to 1984. Was located in ex monastery buildings. Was closed in 1984.

Valaam Island

In all documents, this establishment was denoted not as “house of war and work disabled soldiers”, and not as “camp” – it was called “Valaam home for the disabled”. It did not specialize on war soldiers only.

Valaam Island

The most convenient way to get to Valaam island is a touristic motor boat cruise. It departs from Saint Petersburg.

Valaam Island

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