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“Kizhi” Open-Air Museum


Republic of Karelia
Island of Kizhi in Lake Onega, in 68 km. distance from Petrozavodsk
Phones: +7 921 224 5358
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Kizhi: Experience Life of the Northern Peasants and See Pictures of the Past Brought to Life.The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest open air museums in Russia. This unique historical, cultural and natural complex is a particularly valuable object of cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia. The basis of the museum collection – the Kizhi Ensemble – is the UNESCO World cultural and natural heritage site. Restoration of the Kizhi monuments is being carried out “in front of the world”.


“Kizhi” Open-Air Museum is one of the first and largest open-air museums in Russia, located on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega, 68 kilometers from Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. In 1990, the Kizhi Pogost Ensemble was included in the UNESCO list of the World Heritage sites.

Be sure to visit:
1. Open-Air “Kizhi” Museum
the collection includes 81 monuments of wooden architecture: old chapels and houses, windmills and granaries, threshing barns and racks for drying crops. The guests can join sightseeing and ecological tours; participate in workshops on folk crafts, tasting sessions of traditional dishes and performances by folk music ensemble. Such activities as horse carriage and biking are also available.

2. Church of the Transfiguration
is a unique building, established in 1714.It is the most remarkable part of the Kizhi pogost. The church houses 105 icons in the iconostasis. . It was built by unknown craftsmen on the site of the old church, which was burnt by lightning.
A legend tells that the church was built without a single nail.
3. The Church of the Intercession
Built in 1764, it is of the “octagonal prism on a cube” type. Its elegant crown of eight cupolas is a unique element in Russian wooden architecture.

4. Villages Vasilyevo and Yamka
Each of them has only two or three households. Tourists are attracted here by the incredible landscapes and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the peasant way of life.
5. The Oshevnev house in the second half of the 19th century belonged to a prosperous peasant. It provides a great opportunity to get acquainted with the life and customs of wealthy peasantry abiding in Zaonezhye in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Churches, chapels, houses and windmills on Kizhi Island look like animated paintings of the past. Men plow the land, harvest, ring bells, and sing epic ballads. Women weave and sew, make lace and bead jewelry, press and beat flax, sing folk songs and dance. Excursion programs are held all year round.

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How to get there: cruise ships from St. Petersburg and Moscow, or high-speed vessels from Petrozavodsk.