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The region of the Russian Old Believers

The Old Believers (“starovery”) is a religious movement detached from the Russian Orthodox Church, which does not recognize the 17th century reforms initiated by Patriarch Nikon in their teachings and worship. The Old Believers are different from the remainder of the Russians living in Estonia in terms of their unique traditions and religion. The 7-kilometer long street village on the beach of Lake Peipus includes the villages Raja, Kükita, Tiheda and Kasepää.  Within the area, in Raja village, there is also an Old Believers' chapel with a bell tower, a visit of which can take place by appointment.  Slightly north, in town Mustvee, is the old Mustvee museum of Old Believers.



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