Kizhi: the hide for Russian soul

Oshevnev peasant historical wooden house from Russian Zaonezhye (Onega lake north-west) in front of Kizhi Churchyard
Peasant Oshevnev′s historical wooden house from Russian Zaonezhye (Onega lake north-west) in front of Kizhi Churchyard. Fujifilm X100T, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 Aspherical Super EBC, , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Medium-sized but still noisy city of Petrozavodsk was left behind, and the rocket-loud diesel engine of “Meteor” motor boat was switched off after mooring to the pier. After a few steps on the land of Kizhi island I felt calm and quiet. Wooden buildings around adjust the tourists′ mind in a natural way. This feeling of peace and extraordinarity of the place comes even before you approach the island while the boat glides over the waters of Onega skerries. Open waters of Onega lake were left just after the lighthouse on Garnitsky isle, and then the boat goes through the skerries. “Meteor” moves around another one cape, and then another one village shows, then a leading beacon appears, followed by a nice yellow birch and dark spruce trees, and then again a village with a pier... Then finally Church of the Transfiguration shows off. The church looks like a spaceship at a launch pad, floating in the air. It turns out that the church is under renovation, and some timber layers are excised in a top-down way for a treatment while the top of the church is suspended on jacks. If not this, nothing suggests you that you are actually in the 21th century.

View of southern part of Kizhi museum island from waters of Onega lake, Karelia, Russian north-west
View of southern part of Kizhi museum island from waters of Onega lake, Karelia, Russian north-west. , ƒ/8 ISO, 320, 1/200″.

Wooden historical Russian orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi museum island
Wooden historical Russian orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi museum island. , ƒ/8 ISO, 320, 1/160″.

Nothing break the silence but the bells which ring from time to time in Chapel of Michael the Archangel at the southern cape of Kizhi island.


Chapel of Michael the Archangel bell ring, Kizhi island. 1:15, 3 Mb, MP3.

You won′t notice any power lines suspended on ugly masts. Here are only forests and waters till the horizon, and various clouds are above. You see old wooden buildings from 18th and 19th centuries, and Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus among them suggests even greater age. And let the traffic beacon be next to the Church! It tells us that this place is habitated, ships move by, and the locals continue their fishing. Surprisingly, my iPhone shows full 3G signal. And this is the dream, the dream for the Russian North – the harmony between the tough nature, civilisation and the priceless heritage from the past.

Traditional wooden house of prosperous peasant family from Zaonezhye
Traditional wooden house of prosperous peasant family from Zaonezhye. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

View of Kizhsky Pogost (Kizhi churchyard) of Kizhi museum island
View of Kizhsky Pogost (Kizhi Сhurchyard) with Church of the Intercession of the Virgin, Church of the Transfiguration and the bell tower behind the fence. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 200, 1/160″.

View of historical wooden peasant house from under the roof of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin Rock fence and historical wooden peasant house as seen from the window of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin
View of historical wooden peasant house from under the roof of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin. , ƒ/8 ISO, 800, 1/80″.

Sanctuary of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin, Kizhi Churchyard
Sanctuary of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin, Kizhi Churchyard. , ƒ/4 ISO, 2000, 1/15″.

Interior with Russian orthodox church icons on walls of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin, Kizhi Churchyard Wooden stairs to the Church of the Intercession of the Virgin
Interior with Russian orthodox church icons on walls of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin, Kizhi Churchyard. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 200, 1/60″.

View of Church of the Intercession of the Virgin from the churchyard, Kizhi museum island Historical Kizhi church grave-yard in Kizhi museum island
Church of the Intercession of the Virgin. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 200, 1/250″.

Wooden historical Russian orthodox Church of the Transfiguration
Wooden historical Russian orthodox Church of the Transfiguration. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 200, 1/250″.

Old wood pattern from the walls around Church of the Intercession of the Virgin
Old wood pattern from the walls around Church of the Intercession of the Virgin. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 200, 1/50″.

Field fence in front of Kizhi Churchyard and behind Oshevnev peasant historical house
Field fence in front of Kizhi Churchyard and behind Oshevnev peasant historical house. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Traditional peasant wooden warehouse at Onega lake
Traditional peasant wooden warehouse at Onega lake. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/40″.

Southern facade of the traditional wooden house of Oshevnev prosperous peasant family from Zaonezhye
Southern facade of the traditional wooden house of Oshevnev prosperous peasant family from Zaonezhye. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Frontal close up of Oshevnev peasant historical wooden house from Russian Zaonezhye
Frontal close up of Oshevnev peasant historical wooden house from Russian Zaonezhye. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 200, 1/40″.

Historical wooden house of prosperous peasant behind a field fence
Historical wooden house of prosperous peasant behind a field fence. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Field fence in front of historical wooden house of Oshevnev prosperous peasant from Zaonezhye Historical field fence from Zaonezhye at Kizhi museum island in Onega lake
Field fence in front of historical wooden house of Oshevnev prosperous peasant from Zaonezhye. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Historical wooden Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus at Kizhi island
Δ∇ Historical wooden Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, 16th century. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.
Historical wooden Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus at Kizhi island

Traditional peasant wooden house and storehouses at Kizhi museum island
Traditional peasant wooden house and storehouses at Kizhi museum island. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Traditional prosperous peasant house from Zaonezhye in Karelia behind a green field and fence
Traditional prosperous peasant house from Zaonezhye in Karelia behind a green field and fence. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Historical heritage Chapel of Michael the Archangel from Lelikozero village
Historical heritage Chapel of Michael the Archangel from Lelikozero village. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/50″.

Bay at Kizhi museum island next to house of Sergeev and house of Schepin Bay at Kizhi museum island next to house of Sergeev and house of Schepin
Bay at Kizhi museum island next to house of Sergeev and house of Schepin. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/80″.

Historical wooden peasant house at the lake side in Kizhi island Historical wooden peasant house at the lake side in Kizhi island
Historical wooden peasant house at the lake side in Kizhi island. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/80″.

Historical wooden peasant house of Sergeev family from Logmoruchey village Historical wooden peasant house of Sergeev family from Logmoruchey village, with an old boat under the tree
Historical wooden peasant house of Sergeev family from Logmoruchey village, with an old boat under the tree. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Traditional windmill from Volkostrov island behind a tree at Kizhi island
Traditional windmill from Volkostrov island behind a tree at Kizhi island. , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/125″.

Cloudy skies above the historical landscape of Kizhi Churchyard with a field fence, peasant house and wooden church buildings in the foreground
Cloudy skies above the historical landscape of Kizhi Churchyard with a field fence, peasant house and wooden church buildings in the foreground. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Northern facade of Oshevnev family traditional wooden house of prosperous peasant family from Zaonezhye
Northern facade of Oshevnev family traditional wooden house of prosperous peasant family from Zaonezhye. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Elements of wooden architecture: church cupola covered with shingle, blockhouse and doors
Elements of wooden architecture: church cupola covered with shingle, blockhouse and doors. , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 400, 1/80″.

Elements of wooden architecture: church cupola covered with shingle Blockhouse and doors
Elements of wooden architecture: church cupola covered with shingle, blockhouse and doors. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 400, 1/50″.

View of Kizhi Churchyard green hill near worship cross from Chuynavolok village
View of Kizhi Churchyard green hill near worship cross from Chuynavolok village. , ƒ/6.4 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Lighthouse on the island on the way to Kizhi Petrozavodsk city view from Onega lake waters
Lighthouse on the island on the way to Kizhi. , ƒ/6.4 ISO, 200, 1/160″.

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