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Valaam open-air museum

This is a research, church archaeology and wildlife sanctuary. It was founded as a state museum in December of 1979 on islands of the Valaam archipelago in the North Ladoga Lake, 40 kilometers from the town of Sortavala on the basis of architectural and natural landscape complex of the Valaam Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour.
In 1992 it was closed for subsequent establishing of the two new museums on its basis: the Valaam research, church archaeology and wildlife sanctuary on islands of Valaam and the North Priladozhje regional museum in Sortavala...

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