Mystical Solovki

Photo Gallery

The Solovki archipelago has often been called the “Northern Thebaid” or the “Northern Athos”. It is a group of islands located at the entrance of Onega Bay, in the southwestern part of the White Sea—the only inland sea of the Arctic Ocean. The White Sea itself is fascinating for its unique history and its flora fauna. For nearly half the year it is covered with drifting ice floes, but when they melt back in summer the sea and islands become a mystical world of northern sea animals, and tidal ebbs and flows revealing uncanny rock formations against the luminescent dawns and sunsets of arctic “white nights”. It is no wonder that men desiring the life of strict asceticism and divine contemplation have always been drawn to the monastery of Solovki and its sketes, scattered across its islands. But Solovki also draws artists and photographers, who find there a constantly changing play of light and natural beauty.

We have chosen for this photogallery on the feast of the Synaxis of Solovki Saints a selection from works by photographers and artists featured on the Solovki Monastery’s website.

Photo: Deacon Nicholai Andreyev / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Deacon Nicholai Andreyev / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Deacon Nicholai Andreyev / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Valery Blizniuk / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Valery Blizniuk / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Valery Blizniuk / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Valery Blizniuk / solovki-monastyr.ru

Reflection of the heavenly

Reflection of the heavenly

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

Quietude

Quietude

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

Cape Kenga

Cape Kenga

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

Liturgy in the Church of Apostle Andrew

Liturgy in the Church of Apostle Andrew

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

Golgotha Hill

Golgotha Hill

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

Road to the church

Road to the church

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

A chapel

A chapel

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

July

July

Photo: Sergei Veretennikov / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Nicholai Gernet / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Nicholai Gernet / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Nicholai Gernet / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Nicholai Gernet / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Nicholai Gernet / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Anastasia Egorova / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Anastasia Egorova / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Anastasia Egorova / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Anastasia Egorova / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Anastasia Egorova / solovki-monastyr.ru

Photo: Anastasia Egorova / solovki-monastyr.ru

Comments
Emile Hesta8/31/2019 10:49 pm
Thanks also for such amazing photographs. Slava Bogu za vsë!
alex zarechnak8/23/2019 6:00 pm
Thank you for sharing such beauty
Reader Isaac Pearson8/22/2019 10:25 pm
Thank you, photographers, for these wonderful photographs. Stunning, every one.
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