Kizhi Pogost

Kizhi Pogost

Kizhi (Russian: Ки́жи, IPA: [ˈkʲiʐɨ], Karelian: Kiži) is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk.

Settlements and churches on the island were known from at least the 15th century. The population was rural, but was forced by the government to assist development of the ore mining and iron plants in the area that resulted in a major Kizhi Uprising in 1769–1771. Most villages had disappeared from the island by the 1950s and now only a small rural settlement remains. In the 18th century, two major churches and a bell tower were built on the island, which are now known as Kizhi Pogost. In the 1950s, dozens of historical wooden buildings were moved to the island from various parts of Karelia for preservation purposes. Nowadays, the entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Outline
Kizhi (Russian: Ки́жи, IPA: [ˈkʲiʐɨ], Karelian: Kiži) is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Litomyšl Castle

    Litomyšl Castle

  2. L’viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

    L’viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

  3. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

    Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

  1. Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

    Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

  2. Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

    Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

  3. Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

    Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

  1. Pyrénées – Mont Perdu

    Pyrénées – Mont Perdu

  2. Hanseatic City of Lübeck

    Hanseatic City of Lübeck

  3. Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

    Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

  1. Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

    Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

  2. Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

    Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

  3. Wachau Cultural Landscape

    Wachau Cultural Landscape

  1. Ironbridge Gorge

    Ironbridge Gorge

  2. Limes

    Limes

  3. Works of Antoni Gaudí

    Works of Antoni Gaudí

  1. Pienza

    Pienza

  2. Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

    Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

  3. Historic Centre of Riga

    Historic Centre of Riga

  1. Episcopal City of Albi

    Episcopal City of Albi

  2. Wartburg Castle

    Wartburg Castle

  3. Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

    Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

  1. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

    Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

  2. Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

    Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

  3. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada

  1. Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

    Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

  2. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)

  3. Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

  1. Costiera Amalfitana

    Costiera Amalfitana

  2. Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

    Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

  3. Lednice – Valtice Cultural Landscape

    Lednice – Valtice Cultural Landscape

  1. Engelsberg Ironworks

    Engelsberg Ironworks

  2. Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

    Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

  3. Alto Douro Wine Region

    Alto Douro Wine Region

  1. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)

    Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)

  2. The Wadden Sea

    The Wadden Sea

  3. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

    The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

  1. San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

    San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

  2. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, watchmaking town planning

    La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, watchmaking town planning

  3. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top