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A group of picturesque rocky islands, the archipelago Valaamsky, is located in the northern part of the Lake Ladoga. The island Valaam is the main among them. The monastery was founded here in the 14th century. The name of the island comes from Finno-Ugric "valomo" - which means "the high, mountain land". The monks living there found this name harmonious to the name of the bible prophet so they named the island Valaam.

Today the island Valaam itself and the male monastery located on the island is the united architectural complex. Those who love nature and history must visit this cultural center.

The monks transformed this wild northern island into flourishing gar­den. The monks did not cut down the trees but used for their needs only the trees that had been tumbled down by the wind. Therefore Valaam is still covered by the virgin taiga. From the highest points of island one can enjoy the magnificent views to the Ladoga Lake. Other islands of archipelago create the world of fantastic landscapes with the rocks and the gulfs.

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