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Kizhi Pogost By Vasileva Anastasiya

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Location: Lake Onega, Republic of Karelia, Russia Main buildings: the Church of the Transfiguration, the Church of the Intercession, the octagonal wooden bell tower The first mention: Chronicles of the 17th century (churches burned down in 1696, currently exsisting where built)

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Altar was laid June 6, 1714 The most remarkable part of the pogost “summer” church (does not hold winter services) One of the tallest wooden buildings in North Europe (37meters) Builders’ name are unknown The domes are covered with aspen the Church of the Transfiguration

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The Church of the Intercession Heated ”winter” church (services are held from October 1 until Easter) The first building on the island after fire First built in 1694, reconstructed in 1720 – 1749, in 1764 rebuilt into its present design 32 meters tall The original iconostas was replaced in 19th century and is lost, was rebuilt in the 1950s to the original style

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Belfry The original bell-tower rapidly deteriorated and was rebuilt I 1862 and further reconstructed in 1874 and 1900 30 meters tall The roof is topped with a cross Wood tipes are the same as in the churches: pine, spruce and aspen

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A legend tells that the main builder used one axe for the whole construction, which he threw into the lake upon completion with the words "there was not and will be not another one to match it". Considered by locals as the true wonder of the world, it gave birth to the legend about Master Nestor, who built the 37m high nail-less church using nothing but an ax.

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Kizhi January 31 – February 6 Pictures from Instagram

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Perceived by people of Karelia as "the true eighth wonder of the world", Kizhi Pogost is indeed a unique artistic achievement. Not only does it combine two multi-cupola churches and a bell tower within the same enclosure, but also these unusually designed, perfectly proportioned wooden structures are in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape.

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References https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kizhi_Pogost#Belfry http://www.fiesta.city/spb/live/7-interesnyh-faktov-ob-ostrove-muzee-pod-otkrytym-nebom-kizhi/ http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/544

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