On the North shore of Lake Ladoga just beyond the archipelago monastery of Valaam, lies Mandrogi village. It was established in the 18th century and was hardly touched by time until being completely destroyed during the World War II. It was only in 1996 that it was decided to rebuild this Karelian village to the smallest detail. Today Mandrogi is a beautiful living museum featuring examples of Russia's stunning wooden architecture and traditional craftsmanship, as well as the head-spinning Vodka Museum with 2800 different types of Russia’s most notorious drink. Village visitors enjoy demonstrations of wood carving, lacework, pottery, horse-riding and archery.


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