Kizhi Island on Lake Onega - Karelia, Russia
Kizhi island is one of over 1650 islands in Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. Flat and mostly treeless, Kizhi island houses 83 wooden structures, most of which date back to the 18th or 19th century.
The Kizhi Pogost (rural community and trading center)includes 2 large wooden churches and a bell-tower.
These unusual constructions, in which carpenters created a visionary architecture, perpetuate an ancient model of parish space and are in harmony with the surrounding landscape.
The main work of this architecture is the 22-domed Transfiguration Church , founded in 1714.
Access to Kizhi is by hydrofoil or ship across Lake Onega, or by helicopter in winter.