The world’s Most Beautiful Churches: The Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi island, Russia

Our Forefathers Gave Us These – What Do We Give Our Children?

Bizarre yet utterly wonderful, this is the larger of the wooden churches on Kizhi, an island in Lake Onega in western Russia. With 22 domes reaching a height of 37 metres, it was built in the early 18th century, without nails, on the site of a previous church burnt down by lightning. Inside, there are 102 icons on its iconostasis, and a stone base prevents it rotting. Kizhi island is a popular stop-off point on Volga river cruises between St Petersburg and Moscow.

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