Solovetsky Island / Russia
The archipelago Solovetsky has until now been hardly developed for tourism. The archipelago is located amid the White Sea in western Russia. It is known for the imposing monastery on the island Solovetskij, for which the archipelago was known. The medieval monastery is not only a mighty and mysterious site but also has a rich history: In 1920, the monastery became a Gulag prison camp where many Russian Orthodox Christians lost their lives in a tragic way.
Today the monastery is again used for its original purpose and completely provides for itself. Thus a hydroelectric plant was built here,a botanical garden and a station for ship repairs.
You can also see mighty fortress walls, a great Transfiguration Church, some smaller churches and many hermit reatreats, which are distributed on the island. On the island there are also numerous inland lakes which are connected by channels and make the island even more enchanted. Boat trips are worthwhile!