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Chelyabinsk Oblast , Miass

Vera Island

Vera Island is located on Lake Turgoyak, close to its western shore. The area of the island is 6.5 hectares. Its name is connected by locals with a legend about Duchess Vera, who ran away from her unloved husband and founded a small monastery on the island in the 19th century.

The oldest historical monument on the island is an ancient Neanderthal settlement that is almost 60,000 years old. In addition, the island is also home to a number of megaliths, prehistorical constructions made from big stone blocks, connected without using cement or mortar. The megaliths discovered on Vera Island are dolmens, that is, they were used as ancient burial and religious buildings.  According to scientists, the Vera Island megaliths were constructed nearly 6,000 years ago in the 4th millennium B.C. During the spring and fall equinox and summer and winter solstice, the light from the sun falls directly on the megaliths.

On Vera Island 9, there is a spiritual site with an artificially leveled platform with a system of menhirs, or vertically installed oblong stone slabs. Another spiritual site is Vera Island 4, a rectangular site (5.5m x 4m) that is paved with massive close-fitting processed slabs and oriented in a north-south direction.  On three sides it is fenced with vertically installed granite slabs. A small processed menhir stood at the center of the site in ancient times.

Research has been continuously conducted on the island since 2004. Esoterics consider Vera Island the source of energy and power.

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Address: Chelyabinsk Oblast, Miassky Urban Okrug, Lake Turgoyak

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