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Kizhi Island Webcam

Europe, Russia, Kizhi
Location:  Europe, Russia, Kizhi

Category: Famous Landmark

Description: View of the Kizhi architectural ensemble - an object of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location Information:

Kizhi is an island on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia with an ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and houses. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kizhi island is about 7 km long and 0.5 km wide. It is surrounded by about 5,000 other islands, most of which are very small - some mere rock outcroppings (called "skerries"), though some are as big as 35 km long. Access to Kizhi is provided by hydrofoil (several trips a day from Petrozavodsk during the summer months), cruise ship, helicopter, and snowcat (in the winter). There is no lodging on Kizhi for overnight guests, except some guest houses in neighbouring villages.

The Kizhi Pogost, as it is known in Russian, is the area inside the perimeter wall or fence and includes 2 large wooden churches and a bell-tower. The entire island of Kizhi is a museum with many historically significant and beautiful wooden and log structures including windmills, chapels, boat- and fish-houses, saunas, barns and granaries, and homes. There are two small villages on the island that are home to a few local farmers. Museum staff also live in the old log homes found in these villages.

The jewel of its architecture is the 22-domed Transfiguration Church (was founded in 1714), with a large iconostasis - a wooden screen covered with religious portraits, featuring much gold leaf. This iconostasis is in Petrozavodsk until restoration of the Transfiguration Church is completed

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