Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North
Kargopol and Its Surrounding Villages
The third chapter moves from the western part of the Vologda territory northward to the Kargopol region in the southern part of Arkhangelsk Province. Situated on Lake Lacha at the origins of the Onega River, Kargopol is one of the most ancient settlements of the Russian North. Salt ponds in the area provided a source of wealth during the medieval era, as did the strategic Onega River, which connected the region to the White Sea. This combination allowed the town to create a uniquely rich ensemble of churches, as well as a number of houses in the historic center of the town. Kargopol is also surrounded by villages that contain some of the most interesting examples of traditional wooden architecture, including log houses, as well as churches and chapels. Some of these monuments are grouped around the villages of Liadiny and Oshevensk.