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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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The Church of Transfiguration isn't fully renovated yet, nevertheless, the picturesque island is a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Modesto, California
A long way to go for little to see

I wasn't impressed with the structures on Kizhi Island, but the guide who showed us around the... read more

Reviewed 5 days 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 2 days 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 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Jp m
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Bad timing for me - the Church of the Transfiguration was partly dismantled for renovations - see my picture. I booked and travelled with Intourist-Petrozavodsk for the hydrofoil trip to Kizhi. For the hydrofoil in May, it is better to email ahead to check their...More

Thank sylviatan2017
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is one "must see" places when visiting Petrozavodsk/ Russian Carelia. The summer church is under conservation, but it is also very beautiful outside. The winter church is open to visitors and icons are worth to see. There are no nails used to build summer...More

1  Thank mmikko
Reviewed 17 October 2016

As is often the case with me, something I have planned to see or do is, when I finally get there, closed for renovations. See my review of Bunker 42 in Moscow - which I believe from a guy who had been there the day...More

2  Thank Peter P
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This was one of my favorite spots on the tour. The church is the highlight. Currently it is being restored so there was a bit of scaffolding, but not enough to spoil the visit. Its good to see it being well maintained. We couldn't enter...More

2  Thank Frank J
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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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