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

Kizhi 185000, Russia
+7 814 279-98-00
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Great visit

A really interesting vist, even though the cathedral is undergoing restoration I could have stayed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sandra W
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Wooden Church

We were on a river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow part of the trip to is go to Kizhi Island... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lee S
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Australia
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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 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting vist, even though the cathedral is undergoing restoration I could have stayed longer.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow part of the trip to is go to Kizhi Island this is a UNESCO site. All the building are made of wood using no nails the Transfiguration church is under renovation but the rest...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I've been to Kizhi three times now, and each time is just as impressive as the last. Yes, they are constantly renovating the main chapel, but that does not deter from the experience. You get to visit the winter chapel, and several of the peasant...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

This transported you back to how Russian peasants have loved for hundreds and hundreds of years in this part of Russia. Luckily it was misty and it was raining for part of our visit so the island seemed even more atmospheric.

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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Visited today. The church was amazing. Built of wood without any nails. The Church is being renovated at this time, scheduled to be done August 1st, 2022. A very good walk.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

In this Open-Air museum every construction is completely made out of wood, even de domes of the Church and all the nails. Unfortunately wood is not a material that last for ever, so when we were there, part of the Church was under restoration, using...More

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The church looked nice on the catalog, but you have to know it is being dismantled for renovation. There is just 5 dome left out of 22 !!! Repairs should last until 2019 ! When I visited Kizhi in august 2017, I was badly surprised...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Located on an island on Lake Onega, Kizhi Island is the must see of the Golden Ring. The size of the complex and the fact that it is all made from wood is just awe inspiring. Unfortunately the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus was...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Kizhi is a UNESCO world heritage site on lake Onega where a number of wooden churches and other buildings have been moved to form an outdoor museum. One can get there by taking a boat from Petrozavodsk and we visited there as a day trip...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

walking on the flat apart from when visiting the building. the woodcarvers, weavers, jewellery all so worth while but the mosquitoes are fierce so go well protected

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Rahmat K
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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
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Yohan Z
24 August 2017|
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Response from Travexperience | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea, as I did a Cruise on the Volga Dream from Astrakhan to St. Petersburg.
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