Kizhi Island in Russia.

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Russia, the largest country in the world, hiding throughout your unknown geography, a good number of tourist attractions worthy of being discovered, such as the island of Kizhi, located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is an amazing and wonderful region that makes many of us wonder how it is possible that an island so beautiful and fascinating, is yet so unknown to many of the world’s tourists. This charming area is a feast for the eyes, whose main attraction is a complex of buildings known as Kizhi Pogost.

The name, Pogost, includes the entire area within a close community, which in this case includes two churches Pogost literally means enclosure.

Almost 300 years ago, the inhabitants of the areas around Lake Onega in Russia, decided they needed two new churches (the old had been burned in a fire). It was decided that the Kizhi island in the middle of the lake, would be ideal as a new place of worship. Thus began the construction of which have become two of the oldest churches in the world made ​​entirely of wood. Two masterpieces built in one block.

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The largest of the temples, the Church of the Transfiguration, it is less than 22 domes. The smaller, the Church of the Intercession, has 9. Why built two churches together? Why not instead put up a bigger? The answer to these questions is in the weather.

This area is extremely cold in winter. For this reason, it was impossible to heat the church sufficiently large to perform the services in winter without parishioners suffered frostbite, so it was decided to build a smaller one.

The names of the builders were not recorded , so today is a mystery. It is said that the developer used a single ax throughout the construction and completion of the work the shot.

The Church of the Transfiguration is certainly an impressive structure and a tribute to their anonymous builders. Has stood for nearly 300 years, pine with aspen -covered domes, while history has changed the world around them irrevocably.

In building not used even a single nail, following the tradition of Russian woodworking time. The churches are built on a stone base.

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Kizhi Island, now in the Republic of Karelia, was not chosen for aesthetic reasons, but that the churches were more protected from Swedish and Polish incursions in the area.

A spectacular and magical works of art of great architectural and historical wealth, which explains why the island of Kizhi is one of the most visited places in Russia. This amazing art complex is a museum outdoor and two wooden churches and an octagonal tower, which originated in 1862, will also find wooden buildings, mills and chapels.

The final touch for a perfect getaway put you two charming and wonderful fishing villages, where people carry a very quiet lifestyle that make the place attractive purchase a very authentic and traditional surprises even the most experienced travelers. Undoubtedly the best way to know the true Russian culture and woo the sympathy and hospitality of its people. A wonderful and unknown corner of Russia whose bold and visionary architecture will leave you speechless.

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Category: Monuments, Natural landscapes, Place of interest, Russia

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