Scientific Arkhangelsk and Pomorie: A Walk Through Centuries and Thousands of Miles
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Even by Russian standards, the country’s northwestern territories contouring the White and Barents seas are vast, remote, and sparsely populated. Yet for seven centuries that faraway province has served as a nursery of religious and intellectual freedom and as a primary entry point for Western civilization and trade, containing several scientific landmarks of interest to the physical tourist. This article is intended as a concise guide to the scientifically relevant attractions in the city of Arkhangelsk and in relatively “nearby” locations that can be reached within reasonable time and with reasonable convenience; these include Mikhail Lomonosov’s birthplace on Kholmogory and the Solovetsky islands. We will also briefly mention relevant facts for the somewhat more remote—but still within 1000 km—territories of Kola peninsula and the Novaya Zemlya islands.
KeywordsArkhangelsk Russian science Mikhail Lomonosov Solovetsky Monastery Kholmogory North Arctic Federal University Archbishop Afanasy Ivan Meshchersky Boris Rosing Arkhangelsk Scientific Center
We would like express our sincere gratitude to the Director of the NArFU Lomonosov Institute, Professor Tatiana Butorina, and Larissa Dernovoi and Olga Polyakova of the NArFU Museum for their assistance and advice, and Robert P. Crease for his excellent editorial work.
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