Orthodox monks who lived a hermit’s life, often built their cells in the most deaf and far from everyday vanity places. Why, you ask? We, the modern inhabitants, who are accustomed to live in a world where often only capitalist relations move all our actions, do not understand this. SOLOVKI TOUR TO SOLOVKI ISLANDS RUSSIA
Historically the islands have been the setting of the famous Russian Orthodox Solovetsky Monastery complex. It was founded in the second quarter of the 15th century by two monks from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. By the end of the 16th century, the abbey had emerged as one of the wealthiest landowners. And most influential religious centres in Russia. SOLOVKI TOUR TO SOLOVKI ISLANDS RUSSIA
The existing stronghold and its major churches were erected in stone during the early reign of Ivan the Terrible at the behest of St. Philip of Moscow. At the onset of the Schism of the Russian Church, the monks staunchly stuck to the faith of their fathers and expelled the tsar’s representatives from the Solovki. Precipitating the eight-year-long siege of the islands by the forces of Tsar Alexis.
Throughout the imperial period of Russian history. The monastery was renowned as a strong fortress which repelled foreign attacks during the Livonian War (16th century). Time of Troubles (17th century), the Crimean War (19th century), and the Russian Civil War (20th century). SOLOVKI TOUR TO SOLOVKI ISLANDS RUSSIA
In 1974, the Solovetsky Islands were designated a historical and architectural museum and a natural reserve of the Soviet Union. In 1992, they were inscribed on the World Heritage List “as an outstanding example of a monastic settlement in the inhospitable environment of northern Europe which admirably illustrates the faith, tenacity. And enterprise of later medieval religious communities”. Today, the Solovki are seen as one of the major tourist magnets in the orbit of the Russian North.