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

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What an absolutely wonderful place. The architecture of the preserved building here is unbelievable, especially the Cathedral with it's 22 onion domes. Friendly, courteous staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Canning, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

What an absolutely wonderful place. The architecture of the preserved building here is unbelievable, especially the Cathedral with it's 22 onion domes. Friendly, courteous staff. You have to walk through the souvenir kiosk jungle to get to the good stuff, but they were friendly also. Actually visited in 2004, but the selection below would not let me say that. ;)

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

On Kizhi island (located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia) collected a lot of very old unique wood architecture masterpieces. And the best is The Church of the Transfiguration. Very recommend to visit. Unique place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I don't know if I'd have visited if I'd realized how reconstructed everything was. The first time I saw a photo of the Church of Transfiguration I gasped in astonishment and knew I had to go there and see it with my own eyes. I now understand that the old believers, have not been around for almost 100 yrs., and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

An absolute must do if you can, very difficult to get to, we travelled 3 days on a boat to get there. The building is truly extraordinary!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Kizhi Island has an open-air architectural museum and reserve. There are more than 80 wooden monuments representing folk wooden architecture, ancient Russian pictorial art, and cultural items of the region's various ethnic groups. The wooden churches and chapels were outstanding. The Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 timbered onion domes is awe inspiring! The tranquility of the island is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A beautiful place. They are working at restoring the main church and expect to have it finished and all of the icons returned in 2019. We decided to return and see it again then. It's beautiful now and I can only imagine what it will be like once it's finished. Do yourself a favor and take the time to visit... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A very unusual collection of wooden buildings, Bath Houses, Houses, Barns,Churches, Windmills etc. Church with many domes and meant to have been constructed without a single nail! Book a Guide who will explain the purposes of all the different buildings. As you walk around there are crafts people demonstrating their unique skills which brings the past to life. So good... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We were blessed with perfect, sunny, windless weather and an excellent, witty and well prepared guide. This tiny island with its several churches deserves its heritage listing. If you just let it sink in, you can get a real feel for how life was for ordinary folk for hundreds of years. The 22 domes on the Transfiguration church are exquisite,... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Kizhi is a fantastic collection of churches, belfries, chapels and houses. Access is very good from the river boat jetty, there's a boardwalk that takes you right up to the Cathedral of Transfiguration. Be sure to watch the craftsmen producing the aspen wood shingles used to clad the churches. There's a typical North Russian farmhouse complete with implements and furniture... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lots of wooden buildings (and domed churches). It's a real museum in real old buildings and very knowledgeable guides. Interesting to find that everything had to come indoors for months in Winter: implements, boats, chicken and cows (kept not for meat & milk but for the other M, manure - very poor soil). Grandparents slept in the choice spot, on... More 

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