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Kizhi Island

The tiny island of Kizhi is located at the northern end of Lake Onega. It is possible to visit the island en route from St. Petersburg to Moscow on a river cruise. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. There are artisans who demonstrate traditional crafts from the 18th-19th century; weaving, woodcarving and painting. The most impressive site on the island is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya (the church of twenty-two wooden domes). This masterpiece of architecture, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees. The church magically changes colour as the day grows old. The Pogost, which is a fenced area including the Church of Transfiguration, Church of the Intercession (9 domed church) and a bell tower, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Access to the island is by hydrofoil, during the summer months, if it hasn’t already been organised for you by the cruise company.

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