Sortavala is a small town, now there are only about 18,000 inhabitants. But he has enough sights and monuments, as well as interesting stories. Let's start with the fact that Sortavala is located on the shores of Lake Ladoga near the beautiful Läppäjärvi Bay and is considered the oldest city in the Republic of Karelia. This status was granted to Sortavala by the Swedish king Gustav Adolf II back in 1646. But first things first.