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Kizhi is a small island in Lake Onego. Usually the famous outdoor museum on island is open during the lake navigation time i.e. from May till October but I'm lucky to go there at winter drove from Petrozavodsk by hydroskimmer.

In olden time Kizhi was the center of a large pogost, an administrative unit consisting of several villages centered on a church and a graveyard. The pogost has a church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior and another church of Intercession of Our Lady, which was reserved for winter services. Both of them saved to our days together with the belltower while the surrounding villages are almost unhabitat. We don't know anything on the man of genius who built the churches. We only know that it was sanctified in 1764. The Intercession Church is frugally decorated. Running all around it near the roof is a carved zigzag band. This is not only a decorative piece but a protection against rain.

The legend is told on Kizhi on the time of churches building sais that all of them were built without any nail at all. Actually this is not a true but we may be sure that all of wooden buildings of pogost were made by hands and axes. Now the pogost is under restoration and restorators use only axes as well.

Hope you enjoy that.

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