Photos of Russia's World Heritage Sites
By Kerry Kubilius, About.com Guide
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Solovetsky Islands Monastery Photo
Solovetsky Monastery Russia
The Solovetsky Islands are located in the Arctic waters of the White Sea, in Russia's north. This Russian World Heritage site encompasses the cultural and historical ensemble there - primarily the Solovetsky Monastery. The monastery has been a site of religious observance, but it was also used as a prison as a part of the Gulag system in the past.