Veps Ethnographical Museum of Sheltozero
Tuchin’s House. Memorial monument of World War II
Traditional village building patterns
Traditional Veps wooden buildings: residential and household buildings
Church of Christ’s Birth, 1914 in Vekhruchey
Spaso-Rozhdestvensky Metochion of Iono-Yashozersky men’s monastery
Traditional Veps settlements are built in the form of a network, or ‘nest, ’ with a central village, a ‘pogost. ’ This group of villages has a common place name, even though each settlement retains a name of its own. The local inhabitants are aware of the borders, though the houses of neighbouring settlements sit next to each other. The merging of two settlements into one has been connected to the fact that the families of the original settlers expanded, and family members wanted to live near each other. Villages of such ‘nests’ can sometimes be inhabited by a single family. ‘Nests’ also included villages that were farther away from the central settlement.
The Veps people live in these seven historical settlements: Rybreka, Drugaya Reka, Sheltozero, Vekhruchey, Kaskesruchey, Matveeva Selga, and Ogerishto. Within these settlements, traditional structure, architectural traits, and organic connection to the surrounding landscape have been preserved fully or in part. Currently, the centres of the Veps rural settlements are the villages of Shoksha, Sheltozero, and Rybreka.