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Kizhi Island (Petrozavodsk, Russia)

Kizhi
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Kizhi (Russian:is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk.Blessed with one of the most picturesque ensembles of Russian wooden churches, the Lake Onega island Kizhi provides the most scenic destination on Russia’s greatest waterway, the Volga. Situated in the geographical center of Europe’s second largest lake, Kizhi has long since been a strategic stopover for travelers.
The island, whose name originates from kizharsuari (“island of games”), was located on the important 14th-century trade route from the town of Novgorod to the White Sea. The settlement grew around the Spasskiy Church that was founded in the mid-16th century. In the 17th century, the island served as a defense post against Swedish and Polish invasions. During the reign of Catherine II the Great, several major peasant revolts took place in Kizhi between 1769 and 1771.
Today the island is best known for its Museum Site of History and Architecture (opened 1960), where early wooden barns, houses, a windmill, and several churches were collected and restored as part of an open-air museum. The Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church (1714), 121 feet (37 m) in height, with its three tiers and 22 cupolas, is often compared to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square.
Nowadays, the entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures.The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Kizhi Island (Petrozavodsk, Russia)

Kizhi
calendarSep 09 2017

Kizhi Island (Petrozavodsk, Russia)

Kizhi
calendarSep 09 2017

Kizhi Island (Petrozavodsk, Russia)

Kizhi
calendarSep 09 2017