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The Assembly Chambers

The Assembly Chambers with the quite unusual spire of the church of St. Zosima and St. Sabbatius of the Solovets monastery are to be found close to the church of Smolensk. The Assembly chambers are dating back to the year 1638 and they were partly used as a hospital for monks and local people as well untill 1917.
This part of the monastery is off-limits for tourists unfortunately.

The Pilgrim Tower

The Pilgrim Tower dates back to the year 1778 and it was also not accessible for tourists in june 2009. In the guidebook I can read that there are some stairs to an observation-deck for tourists on top of the Pilgrim Tower, but that obviously was closed while I had been there.
Maybe next time, because the view from up there is certainly worth the effort!

Smolenskaya Church

Smolenskaya Church is in the backside of the monastery and rather close to the belfry. Normally this church is also locked and off limits for tourists. Smolenskaya church was built in 1746 and in the crypt under the church there is the tomb of Nicholas, who was a metropolitan of St. Petersburg.
Next to Smolenskaya Church there is a gate that leads you to the backside of the monstery and I was lucky that this gate was not locked, this is why I dared to step in there.

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Additional Photos by Sasko Glavica (Fante) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 620 W: 62 N: 1031] (5429)
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