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Early morning in Valamo monastery.

The Valaam Monastery, or Valamo Monastery is an Orthodox monastery in Russian Karelia, located on Valaam, the largest island in Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe.

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It is not clear when the monastery was founded. As the cloister is not mentioned in documents before the 16th century, different dates - from 10th to 15th centuries - have been expounded. According to one tradition, the monastery was founded by a 10th century Greek monk, Sergius, and his Karelian companion, Herman. Finnish historian Heikki Kirkinen inclines to date the foundation of the monastery to the 12th century.

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  • Copyright: Pentti Rautio (Pentti) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 208 N: 135] (1451)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-06-17
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-06-19 12:48
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