In 1994 architect Nikolai Ovchinnikov presented to our town six-meter rotunda which was set up in opposite of municipality house.
A brass dome of pavilion is made in 'Avangard' plant . A dome (its weight with a spire and weather-vane is 4 tons) was delivered to a place of setting by water-way.
The pavilion is build in classic style, which property is ' an elevated style and composed greatness'. Severe symmetry makes a little cold impression.
In 1997 another construction appears on embankment presented by Finnish sister city Varkaus and meanwhile it has completed an exposition. This is 'Wave of Friendship'. A wave here is as a symbol of time, changes. One billow covering another sweeps all wrong away its path. A symbol is a very capacious unit that contains a great meaning.
In 1996 Swedish town Umea presented to population of Petrozavodsk 'The Tree of Wishes' - it is a modern interpretation of a very old popular belief according to the fabric patches were bound to the tree for happiness. But here little bells 'grow' on the tree in place of the patches.
In 1994 sister city Tubingen/Germany presented to Onego Lake embankment a sculpture composition. Its authors was talking a long time about this work of art interpretation and at the end they wished for population of Petrozavodsk to have patience and time in order to touch the ground of masterpiece completely.
In 1991 on embankment was set up a steel construction 'Fishermen', presented by American sister city Duluth. Its author Rafael Consuegr won a competition in America for the best sculpture to Petrozavodsk.
All travelers who arrived to Petrozavodsk by water are welcomed by bronze Peter I at the coast. Our town founder is in full-dress uniform with his sword. His right hand points at Lososinka river's mouth where in 1703 was put a gun foundry gave its name to Petrozavodsk. A monument was cast by known sculptor Shreder's model on Morand foundry in St.-Petersburg. A pedestal was cut from granite in Sortavala area by architect Monigetti I.A project.
KIZHI - Every building, no matter what, is build without a single nail. Only wood has been used, the raw material of the north.
The famous Kizhi architechtural ensemble became the cornerstone of a collection of architectural monuments. It consists of the 1714 Cathedral of the Transfiguration, the 1764 Church of the Intercession and the Belfry restored in 1874. Besides, there is a number of peasant house initially put up on Kizhi island proper.
The first monument were brought to the island for display in 1951 and the museum was opened to visitors in 1966. Today we can find 82 monuments of wooden architecture there. Monuments of folk wooden architecture, peasant life, applied wooden and ancient Russian pictorial art are still finding their way to Kizhi island.
The museum pursues the aim of exhibiting the culture of various nationalities and ethnic groups of Karelia. New displays have already appeared, such as 'Russian embroidery', 'The Russian of Pudozhye', 'Karelian from Pryazha'. Preparation are underway for creating new displays: 'Karelia from Kondopoga', 'Northern Karelians', 'The Vepses'. So the repletion of the museum is still going on.
Petrozavodsk embankment is a very nice place to visit. There are many installations gifted to Petrozavodsk by its sister cities (Duluth - USA, Umea - Sweden, Varkaus - Finland, Mo I Rana - Norway Tubingen and Neubrandenburg - Germany, La Rochelle - France). The view on the Onego lake from the place is picturesque and relaxing.
Installation presented by the city of Umea/Sweden. They say, if you whisper a wish into the ear on the tree it would come true. The boy on the photo is wishing something:).
The Kizhi architectural ensemble is a great place to visit.
On the foto: The Church of Transfiguration.
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The unique open air museum of wooden architecture.
Valaam Monastery is a world famous centre of Orthodox Christianity. The settlement of Valaam Monastery was founded in the fourteenth century. Nowadays its religious, architecture and nature complex attracts thousands of tourists all over the world.
These are elements of hand-made decoration. Everything you see in the picture is wooden and hand made. The photo is taken from http://www.enlight.ru/camera/7 /index html.
Interior of Church of Transfiguration, built around 1764. For wooden churches the icons were usually very brightly coloured. This picture is taken from http://www.enlight.ru/camera/7 /index html where you can see more. The site is unfortunately in Russian, but contains lots of pics.
Do you know what these boxes are? I bet you will never guess what the basket in the middle on the bench is. It is a laundry machine. It worked better than any modern one: they filled it with ashes, put the linen in and added hot water, and then put the basket in a big metal vessel on a water bath. In two hours the linen became snow white.
When in Kizhi, you will visit the Karelian wooden house - izba. On the photo you see the main room of such house: the big table where the family had meals, the icons in the corner, the distaff, the cradle for a baby covered with white skirt (mother's skirt was believed to save the child from evil). Such houses are typical for nothern Russia.
This is the oldest wooden church in Kizhi, and some say, that even in Russia. It dates back to the 16th century (scentific data), however, the legend says it is much older: of 13th or 14th century.