Medvezhyegorsky District, Russia

Kizhi Island

Home to stunning examples of 18th century wooden Russian architecture

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Kizhi Pogost is a historical site dating from the 17th century.

The island is located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The pogost is the area inside a fence which includes two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. The pogost is famous for its beauty and longevity, despite the fact that it is built exclusively of wood. In 1990, it was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites and in 1993 listed as a Russian Cultural Heritage site.

The Church of the Transfiguration is the most remarkable part of the pogost. It is not heated and therefore does not hold winter services; it is called a "summer church." Its altar was laid June 6, 1714, as inscribed on the cross located inside the church. This church was built on the site of the old one which was burnt by lightning. The builders' names are unknown. A legend tells that the main builder used one axe for the whole duration of the construction, which he threw into the lake upon completion with the words "there was not and will be not another one to match it."

  • Hours
    Kizhi is open for visitors all the year round. Open hours: Summer (01.06 – 31.08) — 08.00–20.00; Autumn (01.09 – 15.10) — 09.00–16.00; Winter (16.10 – 14.05) — 10.00–15.00; Spring (15.05 – 30.05) — 09.00–16.00.
  • Website
  • Address
    Medvezhyegorsky District, Russia
  • Cost
    625 RUB per person
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