The island is really a collection of buildings from various places. The stand-out is the church. Assembled without nails or screws it is a marvel to behold. It has been left to age the silver color seen in so many pictures.
A beautiful place. The pogost has 3 structures, 22 dome Transfiguration Church, 9 dome Intercession Church and a bell tower. No nails were used. The transfiguration church is under renovation. You can also visit the buildings where the renovation is being done.
As a practical matter the Kizhi Island Open Air Museum will be most readily accessible to those on a Moscow-St. Petersburg river cruise. The highlights of the site are the stunning 22-domed Transfiguration Church and its sister nine-domed Intercession Church…
Isolated Kizhi Island has 2 famous wooden churches, the 22-domed Transfiguration Church and 9 domed Intercession Church. The churches, windmill and other historical wooden buildings displayed the life style of rural early settlement in Russia. There is only 4 hours day light in winter. I visited the island on the raining day in September, which was already very cold. I still enjoyed visiting this open air museum very much and even more impressed with the bravery of the people who lived in this ancient inhibited site.
This open air museum is an interesting place to explore and get a glimpse into bygone lifestyles. The 22-domed Transfiguration Church is impressive and was used as the summer church (not heated). The smaller 9-domed Intercession Church was heated and used in the winter. Among the 80 wooden structures on the island are a windmill, banya, and merchant's house. There are demonstrations of shingle making, spinning, blacksmithing and other crafts along with opportunities to acquire handicrafts and other souvenirs.
Kizhi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the famous wooden churches with the amazing domes that are made from Aspen wood, hand carved & no nails used to construct them. The Kizhi Pogost, as it is known, is made up of the Church of the Intercession which has 9 domes, the Transfiguration Church which has 22 domes & the Bell Tower…
We arrived just as spring showered this island with blossoms and green grass. What a beautiful work of art - the dedication of craftsman and artisans is visible at every turn. Beautifully laid out with wooden structures brought from different places around the region. The big wooden church is being restored from the bottom up, we could not see all 22 domes. Other points worth exploring are the bell tower, the windmill, the different workshops and old homesteads, all lovingly decorated and refinished. Many artisans were at work to show their crafts: weaving, musicians, handiworks of all kinds.
This is one of the highlights of the river cruise between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It took us close to 25 hours of navigation from Goritsy crossing the second biggest lake in Europe, the Onega, to get here. And it was worth it. The church is made entirely in wood without using one nail. It is being reconstructed and a metal frame has been introduced to maintain the church in its position and avoid its collapse. It features 22 cupolas of striking intricacy…
This is among the top three of our trip to Russia on Viking between Moscow and St Petersburg. All of the structures that make up this fabulous open museum are incredible. The highlight of the tour was the 18th century 22-onion-domed Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration Church), a Unesco site. Completely made of wood, reportedly without a single nail, the fairy-tale structure seems complex and eerie. Yet it is a simple 8-sided wooden building…
Kizhi Museum is open for visitors all year round!
Working hours in summer: from 8:00 till 20:00
How to get there:
The easiest way to get to Kizhi is a hydrofoil boat from Petrozavodsk (the capital of Karelia). One way trip lasts 1 h.15 min. You can also start from Velikaya Guba village (270 km. from Petrozavodsk) by a private speed boat. Kizhi Museum offers a variety of programmes with a transfer to Kizhi Island. For more details, see the Tourist Programmes.
You can also get to Kizhi Island from the village of Velikaya Guba, Medvezhiegorsk region.
Places to Stay:
There are no guest houses or hotels on Kizhi Island due to the restrictions of a protected area. However, many guest houses are located around the island (see Kizhi map). Their owners are happy to help you to combine the sightseeing of UNESCO sites with your active vacation options like hiking in forests and exploring surrounding islands. For more details, see here.