Kizhi - Russia, West

Kizhi Island is at the north end of Lake Onega, northwestern Russia and east of St. Petersburg. The island, whose name originates from kizharsuari ("island of games") and was located on a 14th century trade route. The Transfiguration Church has three-tiers, 22 domes and dates from 1714. Built in 1764 without the use any nails is the Church of Intercession. Both churches lie within the same walled compound, and visitors can see the 1862 octagonal bell tower. Kizhi is home to the Open Air Museum of Architecture. It has many buildings including wooden houses, windmills and two 18th-century wooden churches. The settlement grew around the Spasskiy Church that was founded in the mid-16th century. In the 17th century, the island served as a defence post against Swedish and Polish invasions. During the reign of Catherine II the Great, several major peasant revolts took place in Kizhi between 1769 and 1771. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.