Valaam Island — Choir, How To Get There …

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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