Vladimir Ovchinikov - St.George Church in Old Ladoga
St.George Church is one of the oldest in Russia. It was built in 12th century, and even keeps frescoes of that time.
Old Ladoga was Novgorodian fortress, a key to the Trade Route “From the Varangians to the Greeks”. Novgorod, of course, was a trade city, whom wealth and freedom depended on control of that Trade Route.
Thus Old Ladoga was an important town, and there was built such expensive (for those times) and splendid church.