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Stone churches of ancient Russian town Belozersk

Belozersk is one of the oldest towns in Russia. It was first mentioned in 862 as Beloozero (“White Lake”). The town was located away from the present day Belozersk, on the northern shore of Beloye Lake, near the village Kisnema.

Belozersk, Vologda oblast, Russia view 1

In 1352 the town was devastated by the plague epidemic and moved 17 km to the west (the present location of Belozersk). The period of the greatest prosperity of the town was in 15th-16th centuries. It was the center of trade routes linking south to north. During this period, the town was decorated with numerous stone churches.

Today Belozersk is a small town of Vologda oblast with the population of about 10,000. The distance between Belozersk and Vologda, the capital city of the region, is 214 km. The photos were taken by av_otus.

Belozersk, Vologda oblast, Russia view 2

Belozersk, Vologda oblast, Russia view 3

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Belozersk, Vologda oblast, Russia view 9

Belozersk, Vologda oblast, Russia view 10

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1 comment

  • adrian pocea · February 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    stunning pictures, fascinating blog

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