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RUSSIA - KIZHI ISLAND

 
 

In this section we have photography made at Kizhi Island during our cruise there in July 2005. For other places along our cruises via the Volga and Russian lakes please see the Volga river section

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Dawn at Kizhi Island as our cruise ship just arrived. The Church of the Intercession can barely be seen behind the huge Resurection Cathedral and bell tower.

 
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Kizhi Island is a favorite stop for the cruise ships betwen Moscow and St. Petersburg. Our ship was the first to arrive this day near dawn but soon there were seven more ships tied up one next to the other. Here some can be seeen at the dock beyond this swampy land.

 
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Another view of Kizhi Island at dawn - the Resurection Cathedral is in front of the Church of the Intercession.

 
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The tourists begin streaming across the dock for their walk to the Kizhi Island churches.

 
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View looking across the upper deck of the several cruise ships tied up one next to the other as their passengers walk to Kizhi Island.

 
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The first batch of tourists has departed the now empty dock - the churches of Kizhi Island stand waiting in the distance.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration stands on the right and the Church of the Intercession is on the left.

 
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While walking to the cathedral we pass an exhibition that illustrates construction techniques for these wooden buildings.

 
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Tourists walking to the huge Transfiguration Cathedral and to its left the Intercession Church

 
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The Transfiguration Cathedral on the left behind the bell tower and the Intercession church on the right.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth standing in front of the Church of the Archangel Michael on Kizhi Island

 
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Small steple with lookout on top of Chapel of the Archangel Michael on Kizhi Island

 
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A telephoto view of the Cathedral complex and the cruise ships well beyond.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda standing by the Church of the Resurection of Lazarus on Kizhi Island

 
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Amanda, Elizabeth, Mike and friends standing on the path to the churches - in the background is the line of cruise ships at Kizhi Island.

 
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Here they are again - Amanda, Elizabeth, Mike and friends posing for a photographer on Kizhi Island.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration and Church of the Intercession are still quite far away as we walk on Kizhi Island.

 
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Early morning sun on the Cathedral of the Transfiguration and Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island.

 
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Closer view of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island

 
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Closer view of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island

 
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In this telephoto view we can see more clearly the number of cruise ships tied together at Kizhi Island.

 
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From this angle the Church of the Intercession on the right appears larger than the Cathedral of the Transfiguration on the left, behind the bell tower.

 
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Amanda, Elizabeth and Mike standing in front of the churches on Kizhi Island.

 
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One of the peasant farmer's homes with attached barn that was moved from its original location in northern Russia when the architectural museum was created on Kizhi Island. This is the Oshevnev's house, built in 1876 and moved from Oshenevno village.

 
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Detail of the upper floors of the peasant home - undoubtedly a relatively wealthy peasant at that.

 
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The drums and domes of the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island.

 
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Elizabeth seated next to a local lady who is making thread.

 
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View of the bed and some linen in the peasant home - now a museum to local handicraft.

 
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View of the stove and some of the items such as samovar in the peasant home.

 
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A view of the heating stove. In winter the family would sleep on top of it.

 
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Two decorative items in the peasant home.

 
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Amanda standing next to two local ladies who are stringing beads for jewelry at the peasant house on Kizhi Island.

 
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Two local ladies hard at work making jewelry in the house-museum at Kizhi Island.

 
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The ceiling of the barn attached to the back of the farm house - shows the rough wood construction methods - Kizhi Island.

 
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A sleigh is visible in the very dark attic of the farmhouse barn - Kizhi Island

 
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The upper level of the farm barn on Kizhi Island.

 
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Detail showing the wooden construction methods in the farm barn.

 
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Tourists leaving the Oshenevno peasant farmhouse/museum on Kizhi Island.

 
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Local Russian (Karelian) young folks performing folk dances to entertain the tourists visiting Kizhi Island.

 
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Local Russian (Karelian) young folks performing folk dances to entertain the tourists visiting Kizhi Island.

 
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Two very young Russians (Karelians) waiting as their family members are dancing and singing to entertain visiting tourists at Kizhi Island.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda enjoying a visit with a young mother and her two small children on Kizhi Island

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth visiting with a local potter who is demonstrating her skill for tourists on Kizhi Island.

 
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A local wood carver demonstrating his skill for tourists on Kizhi Island

 
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Another transplanted village house at the architecture museum on Kizhi Island. This is the Yelizarov house built in 1880 and moved from Seredok.

 
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The Yelizarov transplanted village house at the architecture museum on Kizhi Island

 
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The Chapel of the Archangel Michael, a late 18th century structure from Lelikozero village

 
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The other side of the Chapel of the Archangel Michael, a late 18th century structure from Lelikozero village - with windmill in the distance.

 
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The other side of the Chapel of the Archangel Michael, a late 18th century structure from Lelikozero village

 
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The windmill from Volkostrov moved to Kizhi Island

 
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The Transfiguration Cathedral in the center distance with the Church of the Resurection of Lazarus on the right and the Oshenevo house and barn on the left.

 
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The Church of the Resurection of Lazarus from the Muromski monastery. It is considered to be the oldest wooden structure in Russia today, built by St. Lazar Muromsky himself in 1390. The Cathedral strands in the background.

 
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The oldest wooden building in Russia - Church of the Resurection of Lazarus, built in 1390 - now moved to Kizhi Island.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration and Church of the Intercession glowing in the mid-morning sunshine on Kizhi Island.

 
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The Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island

 
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The cemetary between the cathedral and church on Kizhi Island.

 
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Detail view up at some of the domes of the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island.

 
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Detail view looking up at the bell tower

 
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One of the icons assembled to create an iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession.

 
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One of the icons assembled to create an iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession.

 
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One of the icons assembled to create an iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession.

 
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Part of the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession. The original was lost and this is assembled from original icons many of which are older than the church itself.

 
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One of the icons in the iconostasis of the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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An icon in the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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Part of the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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Part of the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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Icon "The Savior not made by human hands" in the Church of the intercession on Kizhi Island.

 
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The remarkable multi-domes of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island.

 
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And the domes of the Intercession Church next door on Kizhi Island

 
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Once again the upper stories of the Transfiguration Cathedral

 
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The bell tower between the church and cathedral.

 
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Mike, Amanda and Elizabeth on their way back to the cruise ship on Kizhi Island.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda peeking through an opening in the display that shows the woodworking methods used in the church and cathedral on Kizhi Island.

 
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Elizabeth standing at the wood working display - note on the right is a display showing how the wood top onion dome and cross are built.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda on Kizhi Island at the woodwork exhibit.

 
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Some of the buildings on Kizhi Island.

 
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The restaurant and tourist shops on Kizhi Island

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration, bell tower and Church of the Interecessoin viewed as the cruise ship departs Kizhi Island.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration, bell tower and Church of the Interecessoin viewed as the cruise ship departs Kizhi Island.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration, bell tower and Church of the Interecessoin viewed as the cruise ship departs Kizhi Island.

 
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The Yelazarov house on Kizhi Island viewed from the cruise ship as we sail past.

 
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The Chapel of Archangel Michael viewed from the cruise ship.

 
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The panorama of Kizhi Island now in the distance as our cruise ship heads for St. Petersburg.

 
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The Transfiguration Cathedral in early morning

 
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The Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island in early morning

 
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The Transfiguration Cathedral on Kizhi Island in early morning

 
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The Transfiguration Cathedral and Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island in early morning

 
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The bell tower and Church of the Intercession

 
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The domes and drums of the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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The balcony of the Oshevnev house on Kizhi Island

 
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A Russian or Karelian mother and two small children dressed in traditional clothing on Kizhi Island.

 
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The upper part of the Yelizarov house on Kizhi Island

 
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The windmill on Kizhi Island

 
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Upper part of the tower of the Chapel of Archangel Michael on Kizhi Island

 
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Upper part of the tower of the Chapel of Archangel Michael on Kizhi Island

 
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The Chapel of Archangel Michael on Kizhi Island

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration and its bell tower - some of the cruise ships are visible in the distance.

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration and its bell tower .

 
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The windmill on Kizhi Island

 
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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration and bell tower

 
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The Church of the Resurection of Lazarus on Kizhi island - the oldest wooden building in Russia

 
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The Church of the Resurection of Lazarus on Kizhi island - the oldest wooden building in Russia

 
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The Church of the Intercession and Cathedral of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda standing in front of the cathedral and church on Kizhi Island

 
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Part of the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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Icon on the wall in the Church of the Intercession

 
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Part of the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession

 
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Part of the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession

 
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Icon in the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession

 
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Icon in the iconostasis in the Church of the Intercession

 
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The door in the iconostasis of the Intercession church

 
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Banner in the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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Banner in the Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 
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Top of the roof of the bell tower

 
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Upper drums and domes of the Church of the Intercession

 
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Cathedral of the Transfiguration and Church of the Intercession on Kizhi Island

 

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