Kuzino, Russia

We continued our cruise along the Volga-Baltic Waterway. This waterway is an extended system of lakes, rivers and canals which link the Baltic Sea with the Volga River.  There are many summer cottages and camping areas along this river system.  The river is apparently very cold but the temperature is very high and many people were swimming. Tourism of various kinds is a main industry in the area where we stopped as the land is not suitable for agriculture and there seems to be no manufacturing.  We docked at a place called Kuzino though the dock seemed to be in the middle of absolutely nowhere.  We took buses to the Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery founded in 1397 by St. Cyril.  Set on the shore of Lake Siverskoye,  it is a large fortified complex of 15th to 17th century churches filled with beautiful icons and frescoes.   Our next stop will be Yaroslavl. The first photo is the 15th century Church of  Krokhino  which was flooded when the soviets built the hydro-electric dam on the river system. The last three are of churches within the monastery.

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