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Kizhi Pogost is a historical site dating from the 17th century on Kizhi island. The island is located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia Russia. The pogost is the area inside a fence which includes two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower.

The Church of the Transfiguration is the most remarkable part of the pogost. It is not heated and is, therefore, called a summer church and does not hold winter services. Its altar was laid June 6, 1714, as inscribed on the cross located inside the church. he church has 22 domes and with a height of 37 meters is one of the tallest wooden buildings in Northern Europe. Its perimeter is 20×29 meters. he church framework rests on a stone base without a deep foundation, except for the western aisle for which a foundation was built in 1870. Most wood is pine with spruce planks on the flat roofs. The domes are covered in aspen.

The Church of the Intercession (Russian: Покровская церковь) is a heated ("winter") church where services are held from October 1 until Easter. It was first built in 1694 as a single-dome structure, then reconstructed in 1720–1749 and in 1764 rebuilt into its present 9-dome design as an architectural echo of the main Transfiguration Church.There are nine domes, one larger in the center, surrounded by eight smaller ones.

The original bell-tower rapidly deteriorated and was re-built in 1862 and further reconstructed in 1874 and 1900. The tower stands 30 meters tall with a 6×6 meter perimeter.

The fence serves no defensive purpose at all. It is a symbolic division between the holy ground and the outside world. [From Wikipedia]

I was very lucky. First, the weather was wonderful that day (and it rained a day before). There were restoration works that finished just a week earlier.

It is possible to climb the bell tower and I climbed it, of course ):. The view of the lake was very beautiful.
Like some of you, I compared these churches with the stave churches in Norway. Both are fantastic examples of wooden architecture. Different in style, there is no reason to say which are more beautiful. The best thing is to see them all, as I did :). The wooden churches in the south of Poland and Ukraina and in Romania are also beautiful.

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