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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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Not the right time - renovation in progress

Bad timing for me - the Church of the Transfiguration was partly dismantled for renovations - see... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2017
Singapore, Singapore
Amazing and unique

This is one "must see" places when visiting Petrozavodsk/ Russian Carelia. The summer church is... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2016
Joensuu, Finland
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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 May 30, 2017

Bad timing for me - the Church of the Transfiguration was partly dismantled for renovations - see my picture. I booked and travelled with Intourist-Petrozavodsk for the hydrofoil trip to Kizhi. For the hydrofoil in May, it is better to email ahead to check their...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2016

This is one "must see" places when visiting Petrozavodsk/ Russian Carelia. The summer church is under conservation, but it is also very beautiful outside. The winter church is open to visitors and icons are worth to see. There are no nails used to build summer...More

1  Thank mmikko
Reviewed October 17, 2016

As is often the case with me, something I have planned to see or do is, when I finally get there, closed for renovations. See my review of Bunker 42 in Moscow - which I believe from a guy who had been there the day...More

2  Thank Peter P
Reviewed October 1, 2016

This was one of my favorite spots on the tour. The church is the highlight. Currently it is being restored so there was a bit of scaffolding, but not enough to spoil the visit. Its good to see it being well maintained. We couldn't enter...More

2  Thank Frank J
Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

My favourite place on the cruise so beautiful. The people were wonderful. The Cathedral was amazing blew your mind. So lovely to see traditional crafts and SAGA excelled themselves with this trip. Have a beer on the river bank before getting on board and do...More

Thank Elaine L
Reviewed September 22, 2016

Visited this place as part of the St Petersburg to Moscow river cruise. Very interesting place to see, we had a very knowledgeable tour guide who provided us with great information. Spoiled a little with the number of tourist boats that visited all at the...More

Thank Brian1313
Reviewed September 18, 2016

As soon as you land, you will see that the dock is filled with tourist shops. The shops are pricey and the staff not very pleasant. I am not sure if you had to wait to be escorted in because it was a good 15-20...More

1  Thank scrappying
Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Kizhi is a must even if you're not interested in old buildings! The church of transfiguration is build in the beginning of the 18th century. Go there!

Thank matsalmlof
Reviewed September 15, 2016

We enjoyed our trip here very much! It's a pleasant place, nice surroundings, we had great weather, good guide and the wooden church is quite stunning. This is the best site to visit on the Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise.

Thank CharlieMikey
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Very interesting island of wooden architecture; usually part of a river cruise and well-worth disembarking. About three hours leisurely walk, don't miss the enthusiastic bell-ringer!

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Ludka D
March 28, 2017|
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Response from Кижи М | Property representative |
Usually we offer one-day programs to the island (you can find more information about them on our website). If you would like to stay on the island for several days, please contact the Department of Organization of Excursion... More
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