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Kizhi Island

Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island
 
Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island

 

Located near the Arctic Circle on Lake Onega - further north than St. Petersburg - Kizhi Island is a State Museum of Cultural History with national treasures original to the island as well as some moved here from elsewhere for preservation. The latter includes the oldest wooden structure preserved in Russia.

Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island Church of the Transfiguration - Kizhi Island Domes on Church of the Transfiguration appear gray in this photo Domes are more silvery Church - Kizhi Island Close-up of dome showing intricate cut-work of shingles and other trim on the Church of the Transfiguration Detail - Church of the Transfiguration Farmer at work on Kizhi Island - racks are for drying harvested crops Church of the Ressurection - Kizhi Island Dome on the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, second half of the 14th century. The oldest wooden building preserved in Russia. Window opening (closed), Church of the Ressurection Detail, roof, Church of the Ressurection - note how smaller pieces of wood are dovetailed into the larger boards Opening in door of the Church of the Ressurection Close-up of lock and door handle, Church of the Ressurection Bell tower, Church of the Ressurection A bell ringer played for us on the bells of the Church of the Ressurection Wind mill on Kizhi Island Farmer's house, Kizhi Island Window and fancy wood cuts on roof View of farmer's house with fishing nest in the foreground. Note ramp going up to barn area of house. Two churches are in the background Farmer's house, Kizhi Island Close-up showing intricate cut-work on balcony railing of farmer's house More fancy cut-work on trim Main entrance to farmer's house - living quarters are in this end of the house. Animals and some farm implements were housed in the further end. Cradel, spinning wheel, loom - farmer's family living quarters. Notice that the cradle is suspended from a long piece of wood that can be moved to change placement of cradle. Fancy spread on bed is checked out by fellow Elderhostler from Hawaii Kitchen area in farmer's house Cooking area This farmer must have been wealthy by local standards - a phonograph appears in the living quarters Storage area for implements such as a sled, fishing nets, etc. A boat being constructed in "barn" area of  farmer's home Equipment for horses and other beasts of burden in the barn area. Ramp descending from barn area Intricate iron work on window frames Metal work on window frame Icons in winter church Cemetary. One arm of the cross points downward, signaling that is a direction that the departed might go if they do not live a good life. Even on remote Kizhi Island cell phone towers are found Betty on deck with the Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island, in background
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