This lovely wooden church dedicated to St. Lazarus is situated in Kizhi, an island on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The island houses an ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and houses. It is 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 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.
A museum of Russian wooden architecture was created in Kizhi by Soviet authorities in 1960. Wooden structures were transported to Kizhi from various parts of Karelia, notably the 16th century St. Lazarus church from the Muromsky Monastery, which is one of the oldest wooden churches in Russia.
(source : wikipedia)
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LeeLoo (0) 2010-02-14 1:31
Dear Paul Bulteel!
Amazing wooden church, wonderful wooden architecture. Nice scenery. Very nice colors. Good exposure and sharpness.
holmertz (42683) 2010-02-14 1:40
Truly a lovely church, a proud monument of old craftmanship and architecture.
Very good colours and sharpness.
Gert (your neighbour today)
besnard (53914) 2010-02-14 1:41
Une belle "papagolfade". Elle est superbe cette petite église en bois debout et se détache de belle manière sur un beau ciel bleu.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2010-02-14 1:41
Wonderful church, Orthodox church. Wonderful wooden sanctuary. Nice scenery. Very fine colors, good saturation. Original work.
Greetings from Warszawa!
Budapestman (82620) 2010-02-14 1:46
a beautiful photo from this wooden church with superb lights, the composition is attractive and well balanced, nostalgic and peaceful atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday!
fanni (14381) 2010-02-14 1:53
Kizhi is a very interesting place to visit, indeed!
VERY good photo of a beautiful church :) I like the composition and the natural well balanced colours.
Best wishes from not-so-beautiful Moscow,
vasilpro (40997) 2010-02-14 3:34
Excellent composition, very nice light management, interesting wooden church, very nice colors.
Have a great Sunday, Vasilis.
csabagaba (6582) 2010-02-14 3:42
Very nice small wooden chapel that building. Apparently simple structure, a master details. Nice front page and you saw the photos highlight the beauty of the building. Congratulations. Csaba
PixelTerror (0) 2010-02-14 4:39
NIce little wooden church looking lost in the middle of nowhere, even with wood their famous domes are not missing !
Have a nice day JY
Silvio1953 (125443) 2010-02-14 5:38
Ciao Paul, great view of lovely wooden church, fantastic original architecture, beautiful composition with splendid light and colors, very well done, happy Valentine Day, ciao Silvio
dta (68734) 2010-02-14 9:41
Bonjour Paul ,
Un cadrage efficace . C'est tout simple , mais l'extarordinaire beauté de cette petite église suffit à elle même .
Merci du partage
AKITA (15125) 2010-02-14 13:34
a splendid old wooden church,
the essence of Russian people's culture on that land,
its winter view in snow must be superb,
your capturing is nice to express its ambience very well,
thank you for your wonderful shot,
raszid62 (18585) 2010-02-14 15:11
This beautiful little wooden church. The magnificent architecture of the thick wooden logs, the beautiful towers. Cool, natural colors and perfect sharpness.
jjcordier (77356) 2010-02-14 21:57
Cette église en bois est très belle et tu en as réalisé une très jolie photo, bien composée et éclairée.
danos (88197) 2010-02-15 0:29
beautiful this wooden church of St. Lazarus with its specific architectural style of it.The place must be splendid with the existence of an island in the middle of a lake.Nice presentation of the church as informative your note too.
Have a nice week,Danos
SteveH (6243) 2010-02-15 1:58
Hi Paul, nice shot of this unusual piece of architecture and its surrounds. It is remarkable the effort put into the steeple and onion shaped spire for such a small church. cheers, Steve
jhm (141107) 2010-02-15 3:54
U was verleden jaar in een deel van Rusland, moet echt iets apart zijn om daar te vertoeven.
U vond er deze mooie houten kerk, niet zo groot maar zeer aantrekkelijk om naar te kijken.
Prachtige foto Paul, zeer mooi samengesteld. bedankt.
Uhu (8481) 2010-02-15 4:27
Oh, this one! I was inKizhi when I had a film camera - lot of decent photos, but it'll be a big pain to scan them. Better I'l go there again - take a cruise from SPb and look at these wooden things again...
Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2010-02-15 6:20
Nice church. Very fine wooden chapel. Very fine wooden architecture. Amazing sanctuary. Good image.
ls7902 (7328) 2010-02-15 7:52
A unique example of old wooden & historical church. It looks quite small but sit well on the grassy and wooded land. Regards. Latiff.
darek1978 (13361) 2010-02-15 13:53
Indeed the architecture of this church is very specific. You were luck with the light, which is beautiful. Well done!
Thanks for sharing,
maximage (15535) 2010-02-15 14:24
Cette petite église est absolument magnifique.
Une petite merveille d'architecture et d'originalité.
Le fait qu'elle soit isolée ajoute encore un plus à sa beauté.
SaidQirimli (480) 2010-02-15 15:07
You are lucky that you've seen this wooden wonder called Kizhi! And how do you find it? Amazing,isn't it?
Nice shot indeed! I like your POV!
Greetings from Russia!
BWJ (3064) 2010-02-15 18:51
What an interesting piece of architecture. The image is nice and clear with pleasing light and color contrast. The details are superb. It is very well captured.
adramad (39076) 2010-02-16 5:22
Charming this small church of wood, I like the different volumes and forms with its domes and tops.
Excellent managing of the light with a natural and attractive color, the image transmits an atmosphere between nostalgic and peaceful. Well done.
s_lush (16134) 2010-02-16 11:57
This small wooden church looks great in your picture, representing the beauty of traditional Russian architecture. Thanks for the beautiful shot and comprehensive note!
Ricx (13495) 2010-02-16 12:15
Hi Paul, What a fascinating and wonderful church. well captured and well presnted and your notes are good. This is excellent and thanks for sharing. Have a great eve Ricx
siolaw (38290) 2010-02-16 20:04
A really nice little wooden church... I never saw this type... And you did a good compo with slight off centering of the subject qnd correct framing.
Exposure is fine too with pleasant colors.
atilgone (0) 2010-02-17 0:05
wonderful wooden church and architecture. well compsed. very nice not.
ifege (10225) 2010-02-17 1:58
Magnificent Paul a great photo of a fascinating church - no where near the usual Russian grandeur but still picturesque.
carper (96) 2010-02-17 3:11
heel fraai neergezet Paul,
erg goede foto, prachtige verdeling, mooie contrast erg gooed fotowerk. prettige dag verder.
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-02-17 13:32
Very different form the traditional stones churches with their dome, but a beautifull rural and rustic miniature church.
All the best,
foozi (7101) 2010-02-18 4:07
this is a real clean and neat shot. I like the soft blue sky as well as well detailed church. The low angle really give a dramatic effect. The texture of the wall is so special that it stands out beautifully in the composition.
Well presented shot in good details.
Waylim (25366) 2010-02-18 9:23
This is simply charming! I love it, a cute little chapel out in nature. I also love the fact it is built with all the natural wood and left it natural colors and not painted with all those colors like in the large one in the city. Great composition and technically excellent quality. Thanks.
sandpiper (6788) 2010-02-18 12:16
Fantastic old wooden church out in the middle of nowhere. Great architecture and use of local wood to craft this impressive structure. Excellent composition and POV.
jurek1951 (42160) 2010-02-19 21:48
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done
JCG (35129) 2010-03-03 2:58
Cette petite église réalisée entièrement en bois est vraiment splendide et en parfaite harmonie avec la nature qui l'entoure. Ton cadrage est bon et j'aime beaucoup les contrastes de couleurs et de lumière mettant bien en valeur l'architecture de l'édifice. Joli et intéressant coup d'oeil tout comme ta note, merci Paul.
Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne journée,
serp2000 (40920) 2011-10-12 20:41
Zdravstvuj, Paul ))
I see you have got wonderful photo collection from Russia. Excellent one! Good capture of an old heritage. My region has got the wooden open air ethnic museum too.
Best regards from Urals,
- Copyright: Paul Bulteel (pauloog) (11747)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm VR II
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 1:27
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