Sanctuary. A series of stories about Lake Onega and Kizhi.

in travelfeed •  5 months ago


This is my first post from my post serial about Onega lake and Kizhi museum. Ater my 3 days short trip from Kostroma city to Kizhi I've got a lot of photos and travel stories which I'm going to tell you. First of all I'm a photographer and the most important part of my posts is photography but sometimes I have good stories about places I visited. I hope it will be interesting. So, let's start.

Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk.

Settlements and churches on the island were known from at least the 15th century. The population was rural, but was forced by the government to assist development of the ore mining and iron plants in the area that resulted in a major Kizhi Uprising in 1769–1771. Most villages had disappeared from the island by the 1950s and now only a small rural settlement remains. In the 18th century, two major churches and a bell tower were built on the island, which are now known as Kizhi Pogost. In the 1950s, dozens of historical wooden buildings were moved to the island from various parts of Karelia for preservation purposes. Nowadays, the entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures.[1] The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Info from wikipedia

By the way, the accent in the word Kizhi falls on the first syllable. And, it is interesting that if they say about the island - stress on the first syllable. If we talk about the museum - stress on the second syllable.

Today I would not like to tell the story of how we got to the island. This I will post a separate article. Today I just started to process photos. While I'm doing a process of digital development from a raw format, I'd like to make bright impressions. One such impression was the chapel.

On the island, on a stony hill stands a wooden temple.

Looking at this picture it is not possible not to think about eternity. Immediately recalled a picture of Levitan's brush "Above Eternal Peace".

About this chapel

Chapel in the name of the Holy Face from the village of Vigovo. The end of XVII - the end of XVIII centuries.
The chapel was transported to the island of Kizhi in 1968. Preserved "heaven." These are ceiling icons.

Kletskaya property type, rectangular in plan, it consists of a carcass with proper chapel refectory and adjoined thereto passage completed octagonal hipped bell. All rooms are covered general symmetrical gable roof. Entrance to the chapel of Our Savior resolved as odnovskhodnogo porch wooden house, located along the southern wall construction with a separate shallow pitched roof, perpendicular to the wall of the porch structure.

porch roof rests on 5 pillars. The enclosure of the porch a solid from a horizontal position tesin. North and south facades of the Chapel of the Savior have 2 windows, one window - on the western facade. Belfry tent and frame its own chapel topped with bulbous domes. The head of the chapel without a neck mounted on a cylindrical base, vrublennoe horse in the roof. At the junction with the base cupola Police Red small planks. Log houses the chapel of Our Savior and octagonal bell tower of the ruble "in oblo" frame porch "paw".

Roofing plank nail design. Police tent and belfry made of red planks with a spiked completion. Belfry double poles, round non-threaded. The pillars of the porch of square section with a thread. Pricheliny gables Chapel Vernicle porezku have a deaf towns (on the plane), the edge is processed in alternating paired semicircular teeth and protrusions with through round holes. Pricheliny porch and valances are cutting.

The room itself chapel of Our Savior remained "sky", consisting of 16 trapezoidal icons portraying the Forefather. In the center circle - the New Testament Trinity, on the corner of the triangular icons - images of the Evangelists. It was a two-tiered iconostasis, tyablovy. The icons are in the Museum of Fine Arts in Petrozavodsk. Made at the turn of XVII-XVIII centuries.

Info from museum site







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The images are so beautiful. Upload some more for our entertainment.


Of course I will :)

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Simply gorgeous! Russian architecture fascinates me and your photos are marvelous!


Thank you. I'm glad you like it :)

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