Kizhi - Table of Contents

 Pogost
Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour
Kizhi, Russia
Pronunciation: kee ZHEE

Church of the Transfiguration - Official Website

In October 2010, when these photos (below) were taken, visitors were not allowed in the church because of reconstruction work.

Kizhi is one of the first open-air museums in Russia, open to the public on the island in 1951. It currently contains about 89 wooden constructions as of 2010, the most famous of which is the Kizhi Pogost which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1990.

The Pogost includes The Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, The Church of the Intercession, the Bell Tower, and Graveyard.

The Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour:



Church of the Transfiguration ..... Bell Tower .....  Church of the Intercession
The illustrations below are details of the Church of the Transfiguration:


The simple way to determine if a building in Russia is arch is to look for the top Eastern Orthodox cross.



Onion domes are made from aspen trees. They are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles.





Eastern Orthodox cross finials ..... Wooden onion domes / cupolas





Arch is a unique(?) variation of a lancet or ogee or horseshoe arch.





Arch is a unique(?) variation of a lancet or ogee or horseshoe arch.


Photos and their arrangement 2010 Chuck LaChiusa
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