Kizhi Island

This remote island, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now the resting place of some of the most striking traditional Russian architecture in the whole country.

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.

Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island Windmill on the Kizhi Island Kizhi Island in Karelia