This was one of my favorite things from our St Petersburg to Moscow Viking River Cruise. We stopped early enough in the morning to get some good photographs---morning light is sometimes better for pix....There was an incredibly-local looking Lady selling smoked fish (I bought one so I could take her picture, and it turned out very tasty with our late afternoon drinks on board!) Our guide showed us all the buildings in this Open-Air Museum of a village. There was even a lovely cemetary with odd-shaped head markers behind one of the buildings. This stop was a very relaxing visit situated on Lake Onega about halfway between the 2 cities.
The church of the Resurrection of Lazarus is the oldest building that you will find in the openair-museum of Kizhi island. This tiny church dates back to the 14th century and was taken there from Murom, thats an important place of russian history.
Unfortunately you cannot enter this small church, that you will find at the end of the tour through this southern part of the island.
This windmill was taken from a village called Volkostrov and rebuilt on the island of Kishi. What you cannot see in the first moment is the fact that the whole mill is fixed on a turnable platform, so it can be adjusted according to the wind-directions. Unfortunately you cannot enter that windmill and there is even a fence around of it, so you cannot see it but from a distance.
The Archangel Michael Chapel from Lelikozero dates back to the early 18th century and is one of the buildings that were taken from other parts of Russia to Kizhi island. Unfortunately the church was locked when we had been there, I read they have a lovely iconostasis there. But at least we were able to listen to the bells of this tiny church. Maybe they did that because there were 4 cruise-ships there in that day of early June 2009
The house of the peasant Oshevnev from the village of Oshevnevo is in my opinion the most beautiful and most interesting house of the southern part of Kizhi island. And it is also one of the few buildings that you are able to enter and take a closer look at the ancient architecture and interesting furniture.
This farmhouse also includes a Banja, a russian sauna-house, that was built directely at the lake (see some photos in my tips "off the beaten path")
This is the interesting interior of the house of the peasant Oshevnev from the village of Oshevnevo . This was certainly one of the better farmhouses of that village, that obviously was even given the name of the family. Inside that building you will find some attendants in historical costumes, acting like the farmers of the ancient time.
That clock in my 4th photo was certainly a precious item at that period. And take a look at the interesting bed in my last photo: such a "box" certainly kept the sleepers warm in the strong russian winters in Karelia.
The belfry of the churches in Kishi was built in 1862 and reconstructed again already in 1874. The construction and planking was made of pinewood and the shindles were made of aspen-wood. The belfry has a hight of 30 meters and is 6x6 meters wide.The belfry was restaured in 1954 and is also part of the UNESCO World heritage. It is interesting to learn that most of the churches in Russia have their belfry as a completely seperate tower.
There is quite a solid fortification-wall around of both the summerchurch and the winterchurch and the belfry. The basemant of that wall was made of solid rocks and stones and the top was made completely of wood, so it would maybe defend the area of the churches mainly against cattle and wild animals or maybe ordinary thiefs rather than against foreign troops who might have easily burned down these wooden walls.
In any case, the way what I understood is that this church was built that way at the very place at the end of the 18th century and some of the other buidings of the museum were taken from other places in Russia and reconstructed in Kizhi in order to make the museum.
Inside the Church of the Intercession you will find a lot of great icons already in the entrancehall and a total of 102 icons combined into the iconostasis in the main church. Not all of the great works of art and icons that you will see in this church were originally made for this church, as some of them were taken from other churches and added to this church, when it became a museum.
All of the island of Kizhi is granted to be a UNESCO World Heritage since 1991.
I am glad that photography was allowed in all of the buildings of the museum in Kishi, except with a flash and/or a tripod. I dont remember whether I had to pay for a photo-permission.
The Church of the Transfiguration / Verklärungskirche is the most beautiful building of the museum-island Kizhi and it was also built there back in 1714, a long time before anybody ever thought of making a museum there and it was in use till 1937. At the moment it is under restauration untill 2014 and this is why we were not able to enter this wonderful church with the 22 onionshaped domes. The wooden construction is made of pine-wood and the shindles of the domes are made of aspen-wood. There is a wide fence or rather a wooden wall around this church and another church that is used in wintertime: see it in my next tip !
The Church of the Intercession is the name of the winterchurch and it could be heated during the strong russian winters and it was added in 1764. There is a great ikonostasis with 4 rows of a total of 102 icons and this church is open to the public.
In my main photo you see both churches : the large summerchurch in the back and the smaller winterchurch in the front, on the right plus the belfry in front on the left. All churches are surrounded by a wall with a stone-basement and a wooden defence-wall.
Kishi is a island with openairmuseum of wood-houses and churches. I went there by ship from Petrosavodsk in a daytrip.We had more than 2 hours in a storm on the ship and only 60 minutes in the island and museum that was not enough .
The small Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, which dates back to the 14th century, comes from Murom Monastery. It is sometimes said to be the oldest wooden building up Russia, but this claim is being disputed.
However, it is certainly the oldest building of the entire Kizhi Museum-Reserve, and that is saying something.
The Elizarov House was built in 1880 and was brought to Kizhi from the village of Seredka. It is similar to the Oshevnev House nearby, since both are traditional Zaonezhye houses.
This one has one less level. The house's occupants dwelt on the upper floor, with the ground floor being used as a barn, as a vegetable larder and other more practical uses.
There are not only churches, but also old wooden houses to be seen in Kizhi!
In fact, the first building moved here was the large, asymetric Oshevnev house (1876), which belonged to a rich family living in Oshevnevo, in the Zaonezhye region. Its well-preserved interior gives visitors a glimpse into the daily life of the region's inhabitants in the 19th century.
Its size and shape are linked to the harsh Northern Russian climate. Everything is under the same roof so the family would never have to go outside in the winter. The only exception is the sauna.
Make sure to take a look at the wooden decorations outside! They are truly outstanding.