|UNESCO #632 - Solovetsky Islands Monastery - RUSSIA|
Friday, February 07, 2014
Solovetsky Islands Monastery - RUSSIA - UNESCO #632
The last postcard of this week also came from Russia, this time a direct swap for another amazing UNESCO WHS in that country. The Solovki State Historical, Architectural and Natural Museum Reserve comprehends all the archipelago on the White Sea (6 islands with less than 900 inhabitants today) where three monks founded a monastery in the 15th century. Thank you very much Ildar for this beautiful card, the 296th in my collection, only 685 missing. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
The Solovetsky complex is an outstanding example of a monastic settlement in the inhospitable environment of northern Europe, which admirably illustrates the faith, tenacity and enterprise of late medieval religious communities. The Solovetsky archipelago comprises six islands in the western part of the White Sea, covering 300 km2 . They have been inhabited since the 5th century B.C. and important traces of a human presence from as far back as the 5th millennium B.C. can be found there.