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Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography

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Address: Kizhi 185000, Russia
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The State “Kizhi” Museum is located on the Island of Kizhi in Lake Onega,...

The State “Kizhi” Museum is located on the Island of Kizhi in Lake Onega, in 68 km. distance from Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia. The Museum has been researching, preserving and popularizing culture of the native peoples of Karelia for more than 40 years.

The collection of the Open-Air “Kizhi” Museum includes 83 monuments of wooden architecture: old chapels and houses, windmills and granaries, threshing barns and racks for drying crops…The gem of this collection is the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, 37 meters height. The Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and the Bell-Tower located nearby emphasize the harmony and magnificence of the main Church.

The guests of the museum can visit the Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and peasant homesteads. Traditional crafts are demonstrated in peasant houses; wind flows bell-ringing over the island. Wonderful performance of the Museum folk ensemble supplements the impressions of the traditional peasant culture. The visitors whose stay on the island concurs with one of the Museum festivals will have the most lasting impressions.

The Kizhi Pogost Ensemble was enlisted into the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1990. In 1993 by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation the Kizhi Museum collection was included into the State Code of Cultural Heritage Sites of Special Value of the Russian Federation.

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This is one "must see" places when visiting Petrozavodsk/ Russian Carelia. The summer church is under conservation, but it is also very beautiful outside. The winter church is... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Joensuu, Finland
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is one "must see" places when visiting Petrozavodsk/ Russian Carelia. The summer church is under conservation, but it is also very beautiful outside. The winter church is open to visitors and icons are worth to see. There are no nails used to build summer church (Transfiguration Church). There are also farmers houses, village chapels, smoke sauna etc to see... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

As is often the case with me, something I have planned to see or do is, when I finally get there, closed for renovations. See my review of Bunker 42 in Moscow - which I believe from a guy who had been there the day before OPEN AGAIN. And St Basil's in Moscow 2001 CLOSED For Renovations. But nevertheless I... More 

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

This was one of my favorite spots on the tour. The church is the highlight. Currently it is being restored so there was a bit of scaffolding, but not enough to spoil the visit. Its good to see it being well maintained. We couldn't enter the church but the outside view was worth the stop. The church is actually part... More 

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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

My favourite place on the cruise so beautiful. The people were wonderful. The Cathedral was amazing blew your mind. So lovely to see traditional crafts and SAGA excelled themselves with this trip. Have a beer on the river bank before getting on board and do some people watching.

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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this place as part of the St Petersburg to Moscow river cruise. Very interesting place to see, we had a very knowledgeable tour guide who provided us with great information. Spoiled a little with the number of tourist boats that visited all at the one time. Great insite on how the Russian farmers lived, worked and survived the harsh... More 

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Reviewed 18 September 2016

As soon as you land, you will see that the dock is filled with tourist shops. The shops are pricey and the staff not very pleasant. I am not sure if you had to wait to be escorted in because it was a good 15-20 min wait for our guide. We spent 2 hours at the most here. I wanted... More 

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Kizhi is a must even if you're not interested in old buildings! The church of transfiguration is build in the beginning of the 18th century. Go there!

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We enjoyed our trip here very much! It's a pleasant place, nice surroundings, we had great weather, good guide and the wooden church is quite stunning. This is the best site to visit on the Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Very interesting island of wooden architecture; usually part of a river cruise and well-worth disembarking. About three hours leisurely walk, don't miss the enthusiastic bell-ringer!

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

This little time capsule of rural life in Russia exceeded our expectations. We expected it to be somewhat of a tourist trap but were pleasantly Walking around the hundreds of years old buildings was a real treat. The church and the windmill were the most attractive to us, but the inside of the old home was fascinating too. We really... More 

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