Khizi Island

Kizhi is an island on the lake Onega  in Republic of Karelia. It is home to one of the most remarkable examples of wooden architecture in the world. On the island you can find an inhabited wooden village, open air wooden architecture museum with structures brought from around Karelia and Kizhi Pogost – fenced area with two churches and a bell –tower –one of three places in Russia included  on UNESCO list of World Heritage.

Aspen shingles – Gont osikowy – shines in the sun

The Kizhi Pogost was built without single nail of thousands of Scots Pine logs and as legend claims the anonymous master carpenter built it with one ax that at the end he threw into the waters saying that nothing as beautiful cannot be built ever again.  A bit dramatic.


The main church – Church of Transfiguration is a masterpiece of carpentry and one of the most beautiful architectural piece we ‘ ve seen. With 22 domes it reaches 37 meters height.  The domes, of different size and shape are covered in aspen shingles – which reflect the light and makes them shine. The base of the church is an octahedral frame with four extensions. Most of the building has stone base without deep foundation.

it’s end of April and we are almost alone on the island

naked architecture

Often, wooden houses were supposed to resemble architecture of the city with its window ornamentation, doors and balconies.

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