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Kizhi Island, Russia
Standing on the banks of Lake Onega, Europe's second largest lake, Kizhi Island boasts one of the most extraordinary and unique ensembles of wooden architecture in Russia.

The territory of the island is believed to have been occupied since the 15th century, yet most inhabitants left their villages in the 1950's. Today the whole island is occupied by a large open-air museum complex which encompasses over 80 historical wooden structures brought in the 1950's from different parts of the Karelia region to preserve the historic legacy of Russian wooden architecture.

The main architectural treasure of the island which has made it till today is the Kizhi Pogost - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its main highlight is the 22-dome Transfiguration Church. Built in 1714 from locally cut pine logs, the beauty was constructed without using a single nail. The neighboring winter church erected in 1764 and the 1862 bell tower form the complete picture of the magnificent place of worship.

Other buildings in the wooden "reserve" were restored and now display the traditions of genuine Russian architecture. The exhibits include the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus dating back to the second half of the 14th century and brought from Murom Monastery. It is considered the oldest remaining wooden church in the country. A few bell towers, over 20 houses of peasants as well as old mills, barns and saunas also supplement the Kizhi Island open-air museum collection.

The spiritual island not only shows the treasures of Russian wooden art but also gives an insight of the country's rich history and culture in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Onega.

See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

12 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg | Petrozavodsk | Kizhi Island | Murmansk

Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore the brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the inspiring Karelia region and make your way up north to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.
4+ star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 09, 2019

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Goritsy | Kizhi Island | Mandrogi | Saint Petersburg

FREE FLIGHTS: Take advantage of our exclusive Suites offer on board the 4+ star MS Rostropovich with free flights and suites. From stunning palaces and monasteries to wooden architecture miracle of Kizhi Island, the Kremlin and the Hermitage Museum, you will see it all!

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 27, 2018

11 days

7 cities

1 country

Saint Petersburg | Svirstroy | Kizhi Island | Goritsy | Yaroslavl | Uglich | Moscow

FREE FLIGHTS: Enjoy included free airfares for 2018 cruise departures! Go on the most popular Russian river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow onboard the luxurious ship MS Volga Dream. The river cruise is the perfect combination of relaxation and exciting sightseeing of the famous Russian landmarks.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 26, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Have the time of your life while discovering the best of Russia aboard the boutique MS Volga Dream. This premium river cruise has it all: best tours of Russia's major landmarks, uniques experiences, impeccable service.

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 26, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an amazing journey on Volga River aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream ship. Discover the authentic Russian culture by visiting quaint villages while traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg and enjoying the impeccable service.

E.g., Sep 25 2018