Photographer's Note

Kizhi is a small island in Lake Onego. Usually the famous outdoor museum on island is open during the lake navigation time i.e. from May till October but I'm lucky to go there at winter drove from Petrozavodsk by hydroskimmer.

In olden time Kizhi was the center of a large pogost, an administrative unit consisting of several villages centered on a church and a graveyard. The pogost has a church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior and another church of Intercession of Our Lady. Both of them saved to our days together with the belltower while the surrounding villages are almost unhabitat. We don't know anything on the man of genius who built the churches. We only know that it was sanctified in 1714. The legend is told on Kizhi on the time of churches building sais that all of them were built without any nail at all. Actually this is not a true but we may be sure that all of wooden buildings of pogost were made by hands and axes. Now the pogost is under restoration and restorators use only axes as well.

In clear weather its 22 domes shine as if coated with silver. There is a magnificent and light quility about the church that gives the impression that its floating in the sky. Hope you enjoy that.

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