|Spring at Ladoga|
Saints Sergei and Herman of Valaam are the founders of the Valaam [Finnish: Valamo] Orthodox Monastery which grew up on an island in Lake Ladoga. They are the miracle-workers of Valaam and the bringers of enlightenment to Karelia. Sergei and Herman probably lived in the 12th century, though some scholars have placed the foundation of Valaam - and thus the lives of Sergei and Herman - in the 14th century.
|Bird's-eye view of the Monastic bay|
|In the Church of the Smolensky skete|