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

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Very interesting

We came on the last Viking trip of the year - unseasonably warm and without snow. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lynn G
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Kizhi Island is home to the oldest wooden church in Russia, the Church of the Resurrection of... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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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...more
Kizhi 185000, Russia
+7 814 279-98-00
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came on the last Viking trip of the year - unseasonably warm and without snow. The reconstruction of the large church is due to be completed by December 2019 but even so it was an interesting visit Excellent local guides.

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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Kizhi Island is home to the oldest wooden church in Russia, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, which was built in the late 14th century. The main church is currently being renovated and shrouded in scaffolding but the firm is clearly visible. There are...More

Thank InspiredReviewer
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Just seeing the ancient buildings is attractive enough but our guide was able to embellish it with stories of the past. The church is really attractive but it when our guide was explaining to us the reasons for the design of the houses and that...More

Thank AJMacD
Reviewed 5 October 2018

An open-air island museum full of ethnic Russian buildings transported and rebuilt from their original locations. We were part of a Viking Moscow/St. Petersburg cruise but independent travellers can travel to the island via hydrofoil from Petrozavodski. Entrance R500. There are snakes on the island...More

Thank DRW44
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

I knew nothing at all about the incredible wooden churches on Kizhi Island prior to my visit. But I was astounded and impressed! These historic, all-wooden churches are beautiful, inside and out. And the effort that has gone into preserving them is truly commendable. A...More

Thank Betsy B
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Kizhi Island is reached from the city of Petrozavodsk in a one and a half hour (70 km) journey on a hydrofoil. This small island is inhabited by the locals and is famous for the wooden structures including the Kizhi Pogost. The island is a...More

Thank Tanmay G
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

The wooden Orthodox church in Kizhi is the number one place in the world worth to visit. The church is extremely beautiful, historically valuable and is an architecture masterpiece built with no nail. And the nature around is untouched and special.

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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped here as part of a cruise and the weather was appalling but the wind and rain actually added to the experience! A very interesting site. The main church is still under restoration and will remain so until 2020 but its still impressive and...More

Thank kpreece
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The buildings in this area are amazing. We saw three of them on our shore excursion from our Viking River Cruise. It was raining when we were there, but we could still enjoy the interesting beauty of the design of these structures. There was a...More

Thank AmandaOldRog
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The Karelia Region along the Volga-Baltic Waterway has been beautiful- thousands of islands in huge lakes, birch forests and tranquil waterways with glimpses of remote villages - and Kizhi Island in Lake Onega was beautiful and interesting. The 22 cupola summer church is undergoing renovation...More

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Victoria B
27 October 2018|
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Response from Jincognito | Reviewed this property |
We drove. We didn't want or need local guides.
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Response from Joop V | Reviewed this property |
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Rahmat K
17 February 2018|
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Response from Joop V | Reviewed this property |
Hi Rahmat, We went there mid May, taking a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and Kizhi was one of the many stops. It is a wonderful and recommendable experience, but I think it is also possible to book a separate... More