Russian Federation

Once a prison, now a spiritual and tourist hub; Grigory Kubatian; RBTH

Photo: Grigory Kubatian

Located in the White Sea in northwestern Russia, the Solovetsky Islands once housed one of Russia’s first gulags, but now its centuries-old monastery and the seascape’s stark beauty attracts thousands of tourists and the spiritually inclined.

Source: Once a prison, now a spiritual and tourist hub

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