Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island in Lake Onega is the location of an open-air museum stocked with old wooden churches and houses from the Karelia section of northwest Russia. The Cathedral of the Transfiguration, built in 1714 completely without the use of nails, has 22 aspen-shingled cupolas sprouting from its roof. The oldest wooden church still surviving in Russia, the 14th century Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, is one of the authentic buildings here, as are Karelian peasants’ and merchants’ houses.

PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013