Kizhi Travel Guide

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Kizhi Things to Do

  • Viking River Cruise stop in Kizhi

    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...

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  • The church of the Resurrection of...

    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...

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  • The mindmill of Volkostrov

    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...

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  • The Archangel Michael Chapel from...

    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...

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  • The house of the peasant Oshevnev

    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...

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  • inside the house of the peasant Oshevnev

    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...

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  • The Bell-Tower of the Kizhi Pogost

    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...

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  • the wooden walls

    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...

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  • Inside the Church of the Intercession

    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...

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  • The Church of the Transfiguration

    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...

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  • The Church of the Intercession

    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...

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  • Kishi openairmuseum

    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 .

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Kizhi Restaurants

  • a nice garden-cafe

    This garden-cafe is next to the landing-stage where you will also find a lot of souvenirshops. It is a good place to relax before your ship is leaving again and maybe also for everybody, who does not want to take the walk with the rest of the group through the island. Unfortunately you will not see any of the great wooden buildings from that...

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  • No restaurants

    There is only one place to buy food on Kizhi Island: the small cafes near the landing dock, where you can buy cheap food (including some kind of dried fish -- Russians couldn't seem to get enough of it!), snacks and drinks.Therefore, unless you bring a picnic with you, a good way to plan your day on the island is to start by following the loop...

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Kizhi Transportation

  • walking on this island is easy

    Walking on the island of Kizhi / Kishi / Kischi is really very easy and even possible for wheel-chairs without an attendant needed to help you. Of course you will not be able to enter most of the buildings, except the farmhouse that is shown during the tour right after the 2 large churches, because that farmhouse has an entrance for hay-wagons in...

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  • I got there by cruiseship

    The only way to get to Kizhi is by ship from Petrozavodsk and it is also one of the places that almost every hotelship will take you to, when you are cruising between Moscow and St.Petersburg. The openair museum is in walkingdistance from the ship and we had about 2 hours in Kizhi, 1 hour was a guided tour and then we had some time to explore and...

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  • Hydrofoil

    Kizhi can be reached by hydrofoil from Petrozavodsk (75-minute ride). If you are not part of a group or organized tour, you must purchase your round-trip ticket in advance at the Petrozavodsk ferry terminal at the end of Prospekt Marksa, along the waterfront. Each ticket has an assigned seat number on the ferry.Because schedules tend to vary, it...

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Kizhi Shopping

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  • Souvenirs galore

    There are a lot of great souvenirshops next to the landing-stage for all cruiseships and another row of souvenirstands you will find as well around the ticketbox of the openairmuseum. Prices are more or less the same, Kizhi is also a popular place to go to for russians, so the type of souvenirs is a bit different from the ones in Moscow and St....

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  • stamps, a mailbox & a supermarket

    Just a few meters from the ships-landingplace there is a path to the right that gets you to the postoffice and a supermarket, that are both situated inside of a ship.The shop is open between 09.00am and 08.00pm Sending your postcards from there is easy and in the supermarket you will even get fresh fruits like the bananas in my 3rd photo. The...

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  • A Postcards’ Maniac Advice:))

    Why! What else can a postcard maniac advise you to buy first - postcards, of course! Besides being a great memento of any trip in general (and the lightest to carry just as the less likely to get ruined during your voyage), the ones in Kizhi are of surprisingly better quality and assortment than the ones I found in Moscow (which can be pretty...

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Kizhi Local Customs

  • fences & scarecrows

    In the openair-museum of Kizhi island you will be able to see also a lot of different fences, made by simple constructions of sticks and wood beeing fixed togeather in a perfect way and also strong enough to hold back the cattle and protect a garden. In my 3rd photo there is also a russian scarecrow, that looks quite funny.

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  • Ribbons made in the traditional way

    Next to the farmhouse of you can watch this lady making Ribbons with ornate decorations in the traditional way. One end of her "weaving loom" is fixed on the fence of the farmhouse, the other end is fixed at her body and it is interesting to see how many times she has to move the twine in order to add just a few millimeters to the new pattern. This...

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  • works of art, fresh from the local farm

    This lady is sitting inside of the house of the peasant Oshevnev and making a traditional russian work of art : she is putting tiny pearls on a string and that way she created lovely souvenirs that you can buy also directely there from the lady. I liked that traditional costume of that lady very much, she was totally concentrated and seemed not to...

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Kizhi Warnings and Dangers

  • Not a single snake & also NO warnings...

    Well, this is some kind of a "non-warning" that I put against the other 2 warnings set here by other VT-members : First of all I did not see any snake and we had a local guide from the beginning and also NO warning from his side about snakes and I also did not see any of the signposts about a snake-warning in that part of the island where we...

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  • watch out for snakes...

    Apparently more snakes live on Kizhi than people - and there are signs all over to remind you of this slightly significant detail. Basically you're advised to remain on the marked paths - although I doubt that the over 10000 poisonous snakes of the islands will read those signs. Seriously speaking - yes, there are poisonous snakes - but mostly live...

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  • Snakes!!

    Now, that's where I was surprised! Yes, I am pretty well aware (and have always been) that Kizhi is a natural spot, but I haven't expected this!I just bought my ticket, when an attendant said to our group:'You should be warned that there are snakes down here. They go about their own business, so don't do anything if you see one. It'll go away by...

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Kizhi What to Pack

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    a sound advice

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 27, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There appear to be over 10000 snakes on Kizhi island. While most seem to prefer the msot remote corners, it's better to be careful and wear (comfortable) shoes rather than sandals... it's jsut an extra precaution

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The few public toilets are incredibly smelly and dirty: bring toilet paper and find yourself a hidden natural corner.

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Kizhi Off The Beaten Path

  • Interactive internet virtual tours

    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 :)

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  • The cemetery of Kizhi island & 2 giant...

    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...

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  • great views

    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...

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  • Kizhi / Kischi / Kishi

    Kizhi / Kischi / Kishi is an amazing place, an openair-museum of old wooden buildings and churches that were taken from different parts of Russia to this island in Onega Lake , east of Petrozavodks.Almost all cruiseships taking passengers between St. Petersburg and Moscow will get there at least for a few hours, and that is also the way that I came...

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  • Kizhi in a nutshell

    Kizhi Island is a little island located at the northern end of Onega Lake, Europe's second largest lake. The island, considered the Jewel of the Carelia region, has been turned into a living history museum where wooden structures of early Russia are being preserved. In the 16th century, Kizhi was the administrative centre of the large Zaonezhye...

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  • Time Arrangements - Part II

    I have made a list of recommendations on what to see and do, based on how much time you have available:- 3 hours: see the main museum and walk to the nearest settlement from the farthest side of it;- 5 or 6 hours: discover the museum, and the whole side of the island where it is situated;- 11 hours: all the island (you can rent a bicycle from...

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the monks are singing in the winterchurch
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The Banja from the village of Mizhostrov
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the backside of the summer- & winterchurch
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the Karelian peasant house
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Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus
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Elizarov House
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Oshevnev House
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Kizhi Enclosure
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Chapel of the Archangel Michael
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The Yakovlev farmhouse
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The windmill
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The Church of Lazar of Murom
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The Chapel of the Archangel Mihail
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The Church of the Intercession
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The Church of the Transfiguration
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Silver? No, It's really wood...
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Yamka Exhibition Village
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Vasilyevo Exhibition Village
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Sts. Paraskeva and Varlaam of Khutyn Chapel
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Church Of Transfiguration - Part I
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By Boat, Of Course
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The railroad trains to Petrozavodsk
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How to get to the Island of Kizhi
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Working hours of the Museum
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The Kizhi State open-air Museum
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Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography
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The Kizhi State open-air Museum
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The Apparition of the Mother of God Chapel
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The village of Korba
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Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel - village of Volkostrov
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Elm tree population on Kizhi Island
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Sandosar bar of Kizhi Island
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Moshguba Bog
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The Church of the Intercession
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Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel
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The Chapel of Veronica’s Veil
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Cathedral of the Transfiguration
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