10:30 Departure for Kizhi Island by hovercraft from the Onego Lake embankment in Petrozavodsk.
11:30 Arrival on Kizhi island. Excursion in the Kizhi Museum of wooden architecture and cultural history.
Visiting the Kizhi open-air museum you will admire the most famous building - the Church of the Transfiguration. Due to this church Kizhi is a world brand now days. The church looks so phenomenal that even in times of universal atheism government has decided to create here a real museum. Neither pictures nor videos can replace the feeling that you get going up to its walls. They keep the warmth of the hands of masters who have made it almost 300 years ago.
Think about that age. It is made of wood - not stone. How many houses are over a century old? And here - 300 years!
The second most important spot is the Protection Church, built in the mid 18th century. Its iconostasis consists of the icons of the famous Kizhi collection, which during the war was taken out of the country, but later returned back.
In the mid-19th century, there were four distinct villages. They were located on opposite ends of the island, forming a cross and it's amazing as its width is less than one kilometer.
Today Kizhi is also inhabited. But this is only one village, the main occupation of the inhabitants is the preservation and operation of the museum-reserve.