Just A Teeny-Tiny Orthodox Church On A Teeny-Tiny Island Secluded On Lake Vuoksa

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You probably believe this mysterious place doesn’t exist!

Well discover this fairy tiny orthodox chapel built on a tiny island secluded on Lake Vuoksa, on the boarder between Rusia and Finland.

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Pictured is actually an real little Orthodox chapel built on a tiny island on Lake Vuoksa.

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That’s in Priozersk Raion in Leningrad Oblast on the Kareliyan Isthmus. It’s on the Vuoksa River, which flows eventually into Lake Ladoga from its source in Lake Saimaa in Finland.

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No sir, this AIN’T PhotoShop… But the real deal. An architect built this little gem in the early 2000s…

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His name was Andrei, so, he dedicated his small church to Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called (Андрей Первозванный: Andrei Pervozvanny).

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The lake is 108 square kilometres (42 square miles) in area, with 18 square kilometres (7 square miles) being taken up by Olesny Island (it’s roughly 5 kilometres (3 miles) long by 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide).

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The small bit of land on which sits our teeny-tiny church is part of one of the smaller islets, which takes up 15 square kilometres (6 square miles) of area.

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So, the lake has 75 square kilometres (29 square miles) of water and 33 square kilometres (13 square miles) of islands within it.

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What season do you prefer?

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Well, I am wondering if this church is visited sometimes. I would go there for a magic midnight mass!

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