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We very much enjoyed this cruise. Staff were friendly and helpful and put up with our attempts to speak Russian to them. Russian language classes would have been even more helpful if they had been held the first three days rather than spread out, as I learned some words that I could have used earlier.
The Soviets knew how to collect things. They simply ordered it so. In the 1960s, they ordered many nearby ancient wooden homes, windmills, and churches transported to Kizhi Island. Located in Lake Onega in the republic of Karelia, today Kizhi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an
astounding array of characteristic Russian architecture. The 16th-century St. Lazarus church of the Muromsky Monastery is one of oldest wooden chapels in Russia. Drafty though it may be, the 22-dome Transfiguration Cathedral, a log structure standing 120 feet tall, was built in 1714 without a single nail.