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Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography

Kizhi 185000, Russia
+7 814 279-98-00
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Main church is dismantled for repair !!! Don't get there for next 2 years !

The church looked nice on the catalog, but you have to know it is being dismantled for renovation... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
chris p
Chiang Mai, Thailand
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Located on an island on Lake Onega, Kizhi Island is the must see of the Golden Ring. The size of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The State “Kizhi” Museum is located on the Island of Kizhi in Lake Onega, in 68 km. distance from Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia. The Museum has been researching, preserving and popularizing culture of the native peoples of Karelia for more than 40 years. The collection of the Open-Air “Kizhi” Museum includes 83 monuments of wooden architecture: old chapels and houses, windmills and granaries, threshing barns and racks for drying crops…The gem of this collection is the 22 domed Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, 37 meters height. The Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and the Bell-Tower located nearby emphasize the harmony and magnificence of the main Church. The guests of the museum can visit the Church of the Intercession of Holy Mary and peasant homesteads. Traditional crafts are demonstrated in peasant houses; wind flows bell-ringing over the island. Wonderful performance of the Museum folk ensemble supplements the impressions of the traditional peasant culture. The visitors whose stay on the island concurs with one of the Museum festivals will have the most lasting impressions. The Kizhi Pogost Ensemble was enlisted into the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1990. In 1993 by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation the Kizhi Museum collection was included into the State Code of Cultural Heritage Sites of Special Value of the Russian Federation.
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Kizhi 185000, Russia
+7 814 279-98-00
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The church looked nice on the catalog, but you have to know it is being dismantled for renovation. There is just 5 dome left out of 22 !!! Repairs should last until 2019 ! When I visited Kizhi in august 2017, I was badly surprised...More

Thank chris p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on an island on Lake Onega, Kizhi Island is the must see of the Golden Ring. The size of the complex and the fact that it is all made from wood is just awe inspiring. Unfortunately the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kizhi is a UNESCO world heritage site on lake Onega where a number of wooden churches and other buildings have been moved to form an outdoor museum. One can get there by taking a boat from Petrozavodsk and we visited there as a day trip...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

walking on the flat apart from when visiting the building. the woodcarvers, weavers, jewellery all so worth while but the mosquitoes are fierce so go well protected

Thank Carolsusan2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Church of Transfiguration isn't fully renovated yet, nevertheless, the picturesque island is a must see gem. There are a number of other historical wooden buildings that have been reassembled on the island, and if you're lucky, as we were, locals in peasant garb will...More

Thank Aneea
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I wasn't impressed with the structures on Kizhi Island, but the guide who showed us around the southern portion of the island where the open-air museum is located had a most interesting continuous commentary about the people who had inhabited Karelia, this part of northern...More

Thank retireeVancouver
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Our cruise ship made a stop at Kizhi Island on Onego Lake. Despite that the the 22 dome Transfiguration Church was still under renovation at the time of visit, the village chapel, the windmill, village houses and other wooden structures were also targets of our...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Even though the Transfiguration church is undergoing renovation it is still worth seeing with its 22 wooden domes, the island is a Unesco site and an open air architectural museum. There is also a wooden farmhouse, a sauna, windmill, a small church (where we sat...More

Thank 605harry
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

... although the 22 dome summer church is still under renovation, therefore looking something futuristic. Anyhow, the whole small island with its wooden buildings gave an impressive impression of the past. A wonderful, relaxing open-air-exhibition. Some photo objects let us understood, why and how Levitan...More

Thank Travexperience
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

To enter Kizhi, you must pay reasonable fee of 500-600 rubles depending on if it is a "museum festival day" or such. However prices with a boat trip from Petrozavodsk to this island cost about 46€. Also the main attraction, Church itself, is currently under...More

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Ludka D
29 March 2017|
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Response from Кижи М | Property representative |
Usually we offer one-day programs to the island (you can find more information about them on our website). If you would like to stay on the island for several days, please contact the Department of Organization of Excursion... More
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