Exploring Places LVIII: Karelia, Russia

The 26th postcard we've received comes from Karelia!

View of Karelia. Multitours.com

Karelia is a region in Northwestern Russia, which borders Finland to the west, Murmansk Oblast to the north, the White Sea to the northeast, Arkhangelsk Oblast to the east, Vologda Oblast to the southeast, and Leningrad Oblast to the south.

Location of Karelia within Russia. Wikitravel.com

... being politically divided into 2 parts, the Russian Republic of Karelia,  and Finland (the regions of South Karelia and North Karelia).

Las regiones de Carelia en Rusia y Finlandia. Wikipedia
Flag of Russian Republic of Karelia. Wikipedia
Nationalist flag of Karelia. Wikipedia
Karelia is also famous for its unique architectural, cultural and historical objects on Kizhi and Valaam and Solovetskie Islands, situated not far from the administrative borders of Karelia and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Kizhi Pogost. WhcUnesco.org
Male Monastery of Saviour and Transfiguration. Ticrk.ru
Solovetskie Islands. Wikimedia Commons
Karelia is also known as "the country of lakes." One quarter of Karelia's surface is covered by water including about sixty thousand lakes. The second-largest lake of Europe, Lake Onega, is located in Karelia. The largest lake of Europe, Lake Ladoga is partly located in Karelia together with Leningrad Oblast.

Lake Onega. Wikimedia Commons


Kivach Waterfall (featured in Kate's card)

Kivach Waterfall. Wikimedia Commons
The most famous of Karelia’s waterfalls is the magnificent Kivach Waterfall, situated approximately 40 miles north of the capital, Petrozavodsk. Set within the Kivach Nature Reserve, it reaches a height of around 35 feet and cascades through vast tracts of pine, fir and rare Karelian birch trees. The reserve is home to more than 40 species of mammals and around 185 species of birds, making it an ideal destination for a wildlife adventure, and a good diversion en route to the island of Kizhi, home to many of the region’s notable wooden churches.

The Cathedral of St. Alexandr Nevsky

Karelia Cathedral. Ticrk.ru
We have to travel to the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, to see this breathtaking cathedral.

National Museum of the Republic of Karelia

Karelia National Museum. Ticrk.ru
Karelian state museum of regional history was founded in 1871 when G.G.Grigoriev was the governor of the Olonets province. It is one of the oldest Russian museums. Since 1993 it has been located in the buildings of historical architectural group on the former Petrovskaya (Round) square (now - Lenin square). This architectural group is a very intersting place of federal importance, representing architectural style of XVIII century, created by Bazhenov school's architects.

If you want to discover the inspiring landscape of this region, please watch the video below:



  1. How interesting to know that Karelia is nowadays divided into two states, thanks for the info.