Photographer's Note

Wooden architecture can be found throughout Russia, but Kizhi Island boasts some of the nation's most famous, and most intricate, examples. These structures on Kizhi Island date from various centuries (the oldest from the 14th century), and they have been transported to the island so that they may be preserved and be accessible to the public.

No nails were used in the construction of the wooden architecture of Kizhi Island. Instead, pieces of wood have been notched together to form even the most intricate structures.

The Church of the Transfiguration appeared on the island 300 years ago. This temple with 22 domes was built from wood by an unknown master on the site of an old church that burned down after being struck by lightning. Its height from the basement to the cross of the central dome is 37 meters and legend has it that there are no nails in this building. However, although the church was built according to the canons of Russian carpenters, there are still some nails – in the domes.

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