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

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The #1 in the world worth to visit

The wooden Orthodox church in Kizhi is the number one place in the world worth to visit. The church... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dmytro S
Lviv, Ukraine
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Worth A Visit

We stopped here as part of a cruise and the weather was appalling but the wind and rain actually... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Katherine Patri... P
Worcestershire, 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 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 Katherine Patri... P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were extremely lucky the sun was shining and the sky was blue when we headed to Kizhi from Petrozavodsk. There didn’t seem to be any English speaking tours so we just booked tickets for the boat over there and walked round the island independently....More

Thank Laura1325
Reviewed 14 August 2018

The whole island is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is easy to see why. The architecture of the wooden buildings has to be seen to be believed and are a fantastic example of Russian heritage. Well worth a visit.

Thank badger53
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Fantastic church, build without nails. Undergoing resturation when I was der in July 2018, but still an amazing structure

Thank Rita J
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

It’s difficult to imagine how the original builders conceived, planned and built the church. This island is now a preservation. Besides the main church and a chapel, there is an old homestead that is worth touring also. We had the advantage of a tour guide,...More

Thank Nextboat
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We had 4 hours on the island - that's what the hydrofoil schedule gives us. We did have some fun in the souvenir shops (Karelian gifts being a little different from Russian), then the park. We enjoyed the wooden buildings, but it must be noted...More

Thank Jincognito
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We visited Kizhi Island on the 8th of June, at the begining of the summer season. We bought a special program, ”Traditions of northern village”, including an interactiv ”music northern village ” folklore program. It was a day trip, a great experience, that deserves all...More

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6 July 2018|
Response from Joop V | Reviewed this property |
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Rahmat K
17 February 2018|
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
Yohan Z
24 August 2017|
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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