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

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Address: Kizhi island, Kizhi 185000, Russia
Phone Number: (8142) 767091
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An open-air museum has remarkable 17th and 18th-century wooden churches.

An open-air museum has remarkable 17th and 18th-century wooden churches.

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A church not to be missed

The island is really a collection of buildings from various places. The stand-out is the church. Assembled without nails or screws it is a marvel to behold. It has been left to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Thompsonville, Michigan
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Thompsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The island is really a collection of buildings from various places. The stand-out is the church. Assembled without nails or screws it is a marvel to behold. It has been left to age the silver color seen in so many pictures.

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Nice, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Fantastic wooden architecture, there is not even a single nail in the assembly of these remarkable buildings..... Simply incredible !

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

A beautiful place. The pogost has 3 structures, 22 dome Transfiguration Church, 9 dome Intercession Church and a bell tower. No nails were used. The transfiguration church is under renovation. You can also visit the buildings where the renovation is being done.

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Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

In the middle of nowhere is Kizhi island with numerous old buildings. Some have been brought to Kizhi over the years. To fully appreciate the place a knowledgeable English speaking is mandatory. It would appear this place is a stop for a number of river cruise companies. The most remarkable item is the Kizhi Pogost with its churches and bell... More 

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Bristow, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

As a practical matter the Kizhi Island Open Air Museum will be most readily accessible to those on a Moscow-St. Petersburg river cruise. The highlights of the site are the stunning 22-domed Transfiguration Church and its sister nine-domed Intercession Church. However, wooden peasant homes, a blacksmith shop, and windmills, among other structures, attempt to create a 19th century Russian countryside... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

All joints and structural elements were made entirely from wood without the use of metal nails or ties. An absolutely wonderful place and stunning views!

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Belleville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Isolated Kizhi Island has 2 famous wooden churches, the 22-domed Transfiguration Church and 9 domed Intercession Church. The churches, windmill and other historical wooden buildings displayed the life style of rural early settlement in Russia. There is only 4 hours day light in winter. I visited the island on the raining day in September, which was already very cold. I... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

In our tour of Russia, starting from Finland, we took a Viking River Cruise where we joined the cruise ship in St. Petersburg sailing to Moscow. I would say, beside St. Petersburg, the Kizhi Island architecture was one of the big highlights of our cruise. This is a "not to miss" tour if you are making one of the cruise... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The park of Kizhi island is a must not only for Karelia, but for the whole Russia. It fit well to "purist" criticism, so to speak; to the remark that - except for the rightly celebrated Transfiguration and Intercession churches - most of the wooden buildings have been rebuilt on site, carrying them from many parts of Karelia, to better... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

The stop on our Uniworld cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg was capped off with a visit to this UNESCO site. The serenity here was welcomed after bustling Moscow and the overwhelming beauty of St Petersburg. I purchased an artists painting of the church while there so that I can always remember this stunning wooden church

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