Thursday, September 22, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Kizhi, Russia

Coming up to the island of Kizhi after the Viking Surkov sailed all night up Lake Onega in Russia, the second-largest lake in Europe. The sky is beginning to lighten, revealing the fascinating structures we will visit after breakfast.

The Church of the Transfiguration, left, has 22 domes, all made of wood.

The 9-domed Church of the Intercession

Repairs are constantly being made.
To the right of the church is the bell-tower of the Kizhi  Pogost.

The shapes we saw from the ship now appear as buildings.
The Island of Kizhi is now an open-air museum, with island citizens working at chores in the old way inside and outside the museum buildings.

Church of the Intercession. All the domes are made of wood.

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Friko said...

What a fascinating place this is.

I have to say that I find the wooden domes rather amusing, but then there's no accounting for national quirks. If we were all the same, how boring the world would be.

Leslie said...

i love the way you took us from dawn to day, with this beautiful architecture as the centerpiece.

Inger-M said...

Russia has so many awesome churches. I would love to take a trip like yours one day, to see some of them. I love all the domes. Great shots!

Gary said...

Great tour Kay!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gary said...

Great visit to an interesting place!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

J Bar said...

Wonderful architecture.

Kel said...

such intricate intriguing architecture

Carver said...

I've always loved the domes in Russian architecture. All wonderful shots.

eileeninmd said...

The domes are my favorites too, lovely series of photos. You are so lucky to travel to all these wonderful places. I enjoy traveling with you. Happy skywatching and I hope you have a great weekend.

Karen said...

Thanks for the tour Kay!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Even on a grey, overcast day the Zwiebeltuerme (onion-shaped domes) work their magic in the sky!


Sky above, sky aglow,
Sky of rain and sky of snow;
Sky of hail, sky of sleet,
Sky cavorting o’er the street;
Sky of black, sky of blue,
In all seasons I love you!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sky in a Puddle

Indrani said...

The onion shaped domes are such wonderful creations. Terrific captures.

Ebie said...

I wonder how they maintained the wooden domes, they hold in time.

We have an onion shaped dome church in our area, I should check it out.

Gattina said...

It's really a place from another world !

Kim, USA said...

They must have a lot of woods and many laborers to finish that building and in those times how they made it is beyond me ^_^ A very awesome photos Kay and very thankful at least in photos I am like touring with you hehe. Happy weekend!

Peach Sky

jabblog said...

How beautiful to see the landscape emerge from the night sky. Fascinating buildings - such work in them, too.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful details in your photos.

Regards and best wishes

s.c said...

It sure are nice towers. Never known there are so many on one church.thanks for showing.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shots Kay.

My Skywatch, have a safe weekend!

MyMaracas said...

Your photos are enchanting. Thanks for sharing those beautiful buildings.

Dhemz said...

wow! marvelous shots...I love it...thanks for sharing!