Petrozavodsk is the capital of Karelia-the country of blue lakes and rapid rivers, noisy pine-trees and stern cliffs. The history of the town is closely associated with the name of Peter I. According to his will, the gun-founding factory was build on the Onega lake in 1703. This area, known as Petrovskaya Sloboda, grew up (it was renamed as Petrozavodsk in 1777) faster. There are museums of local lore and arts, dramatic, musical and puppet-theatres.

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