Kizhi - Table of Contents

The Church - Pogost Church of the Intercession
Kizhi, Russia
Pronunciation: kee ZHEE

Church of the Intercession - Official Web Site   ..... The Pogost is a  UNESCO World Heritage site

Church of the Intercession sections: Exterior ..... Refectory ..... 2 Crucifixion Icons ..... The Church

In America, The Church would be referred to as the sanctuary.

The altar is located behind the iconostasis, through the center Royal Doors. Only the clergy is allowed in the altar area.

"The iconostasis that is currently displayed was assembled between 1956–1959, and includes Zaonezhye icons of the 17–19th centuries. The icons are set on ... beams ornamented with floral pattern. Some of the original icons mentioned in the inventories for the 19th Century have been lost." - Church of the Intercession - Official Website



View of the Church from the Refectory


Center: iconostasis
"The iconostasis that is currently displayed was assembled between 1956–1959, and includes Zaonezhye icons of the 17–19 th Centuries. The icons are set on ...  beams ornamented with floral pattern. Some of the original icons mentioned in the inventories for the 19th Century have been lost."  Church of the Intercession - Official Web Site



The Virgin of Tikhvin icon and floor taper stand  ..... Bundled straw on the Royal Doors
Iconostasis Details




Top - Prophets tier
Old Testament  prophets who foretold the coming o the Savior through the Virgin Mary.  In the center is Mary with the Infant Jesus which testifies that the prophecies have come to pass.


Second - Deisis tier
Christ enthroned, portrayed as King and Judge (Last Judgment) / Virgin and St. John / Archangels Michael and Gabriel  / Apostles Peter and Paul, et.al.

Third - Festive tier
Church Feasts/ 12 major church festivals

Bottom -
Local tier
Center Royal Gates through which the Eucharist is carried / Jesus  to the right of the Royal Doors / Mary to the left of the Royal Doors

Some iconostasis details below:


 
Second tier, center: Christ the Teacher



Second tier, to the right of centered Jesus: St. John the Baptist, Archangel Gabriel



Second tier, middle right: Apostle?  and Apostle John (note name in Latin)



3rd tier: Baptism of Jesus


Third tier: Raising of Lazarus from the Dead(?)



Bottom row, right of Royal Doors


Bottom row, right of Royal Doors


Note large icon at far left.  Details below:


Transfiguration Icon


Top scenes: Garden of Gethsemane ... Capture by the Romans ..... Jesus before Pilate


Center: The Transfiguration


Note  floor taper stand and partially shown icon at far right.  See next two illustrations:


Floor taper stand with tapers.


Jesus Heals a Blind Man
Photos and their arrangement 2010 Chuck LaChiusa
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