Official homepage of the Kizhi Museum presents a tour of a real Kizhi museum exhibition – The Homestead of a Karelian farmer Yakovlev. User can get general information about the house’s interiors and exteriors, it’s historical background, and the detailed information about all the exhibited items.
... and other museum virtual stuff :)
This is the cemetery of Kizhi island and you will find it next to the winterchurch and inside the wooden fortification of the 2 great churches.
What I found even more interesting inside these walls where the 2 giant "keys" that I saw like thrown into a corner of the entrance-building of the gate-house of both churches. When I got closer I saw that they were no keys but just some decorations, obviously from the church with the 22 onion-domes, I dont know. It is a pity that nobody explained anything about these decorations and most tourists did not even take a look at them. (see them in my last 2 photos !)
When walking through the outdoor-museum on the island of Kizhi you will have the feeling to be set back into the 17th or 18th century: absolutely no cars or modern machineries, the grass stands high mixed with a lot of beautiful flowers, no noises except the voices of the birds and maybe some tourists of course. Kizhi is a paradise for hikers and it is almost totally flat.
This Banja-house was taken from a village called Mizhostrov and added to the museum next to the farmstead of the peasant Oshevnev. Banja is the russian expression for Sauna and even though you cannot enter this banja, you can still take a look through a small open window and see the oven and some benches inside. After some time in the hot sauna, you could jump directely into the lake.
b.t.w. from this wooden path that reaches into the lake you can take great photos of the 2 churches and the lake, see it in my 4th photo !
Dont miss to take a closer look also at the backside of the summer- & winterchurch, when walking along the giant wooden walls back to your ship. In my personal opinion the churches look even better from this backside and at the backdoor of the walls you can take a look into the innercourt with the cemetery and the belfry. The belfry also looks best from there and it is easy to take a photo of it, without an extreme wide-anglelens.
This Karelian peasant house is the 2nd farmhouse that you will be shown during the guided tour through the Kizhi openairmuseum. We were not able to enter the house, but there was a stand for local wooden souvenirs and a lady was there, showing how a woolen belt was woven in the ancient times. That was obviously a lot of work and these belts or maybe they are rather ribbons have really great patterns, see it in my last photo and also some extra pics in my "local customs" - tips !
This house is at the souhernmost part of Kizhi island.
The chapel, built in the 19th century in the village of Podyelniki, consists of two log frameworks, one of which the chapel proper and the second is the refectory. A porch made of boards is built to the southern wall of the refectory. The latter served as a base for the bell-tower consisting of a hexahedron framework and a belfry with a tent-like roof. The bell is still in a ringing condition, and it does, in fact, ring. A dome, done with lemekh (and seemingly glittering silver) is installed on the roof of the chapel proper.
The first measurements of the chapel were carried out in 1945 by architects A.N.Buinov and O.M.Shurova. In 1961 architect A.V. Opolovnikov surveyed the chapel and later, in 1961 -1963, it was restored according to his design, though, of course, according to the original structure.
Few Facts: The chapel length - 9.1 m, width - 3.3 m, height - 11.6 m. Materials: pine, fir, aspen