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History 10 March 2014 15 331

The bells of Solovki

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Solovetsky Island in Russia's White Sea is home to one of Russia's most fabled monasteries. This sacred, centuries-old place was ravaged by Bolsheviks and turned into the country's first labour camp in the 1920's. Priceless religious artifacts were destroyed and church bells melted down. However, a boat carrying the monastery's bells which left for the mainland sunk, leaving it up to modern-day divers to retrieve them.

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