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Leningrad Oblast is home to about 2,000 lakes, including Ladoga, the biggest lake in Europe. You must visit the ancient Russian village of Staraya Ladoga where Prince Rurik began his rule. The region's population includes dozens of nationalities, including endangered indigenous peoples: Votes, Izhors and Veps. In the old European town of Vyborg, you can feel the Scandinavian spirit. Pilgrims travel to worship the Tikhvin Icon of The Mother of God.More about the region