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This chapter begins with the southern coast of the Kola Peninsula in Murmansk Province at the far northwestern corner of the Russian Federation. The village of Varzuga has one of the most distinctive surviving examples of Russian wooden church architecture, the Church of the Dormition (1674), and the village itself is also a remarkable microcosm of life in the Russian North. From Varzuga the route proceeds to the western shore of the White Sea and down the coast to the town of Kem in the Republic of Karelia. In addition to its own landmarks, including the wooden Cathedral of the...

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