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.
This is our most popular cruise that covers all the significant towns on Moscow to St. Petersburg route. Besides the Two Capitals, you will visit the ancient towns of Uglich, Yaroslavl, and Goritsy, the island of Kizhi, and Mandrogui village.
This is our most popular St. Petersburg to Moscow cruise, which covers all the important places: Mandrogui - a colorful village famous for local handicrafts, amazing Kizhi Island, as well as the ancient towns of Goritsy, Yaroslavl, and Uglich.
This is a short river cruise by a luxury ship. Besides the Two Capitals, it also takes you to the ancient towns of Uglich and Goritsy, Kizhi island with its outstanding wooden architecture, and Mandrogui village famous for traditional handicrafts.
This short river cruise by a luxury ship will take you to the most significant places between St. Petersburg and Moscow: Mandrogui village, Kizhi island with its amazing wooden architecture, Uglich and Goritsy with their tranquil atmosphere.
This is a classic St. Petersburg - Moscow cruises that takes you to the Two Capitals as well a number of charming ancient towns on the way: Mandrogui village, Kizhi island, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, and Uglich.
With this 12-day cruise, you will visit Russia's largest cities - Moscow and St. Petersburg - and several charming small towns and villages, all rich in Russian culture and history: Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi, and Mandrogui
This cruise will take you to the northern parts of Russia: Valaam Island with its majestic Holy Trinity Monastery, Kizhi Island with its wooden architecture that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Petrozavodsk - the capital of Karelia.
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