Kizhi Island, Russia – Travel Tuesdays

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

I am starting a new section on my blog called Travel Tuesdays. It will feature amazing places I have traveled. I hope you enjoy this new addition. First stop is a small mystical island in Russia.

I am delighted when I find a place so magical that it makes me believe I am in fairy tale. That is what happened on Kizhi Island in Russia. Even the locals consider this to be a sacred space.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

The Church of the Transfiguration was built completely of wood without a single nail in the early 18th century.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

In 1990, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

Kizhi Island now contains some of the oldest surviving examples of Russian log buildings.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

All this unusually picturesque setting exists within a length of 3.7 miles.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

The weather was crazy, raining one minute and sunny the next, making the lighting magnificent.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

On the back side of the church where the moss wasn’t growing you can get a better idea of what it originally looked like.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

Locals still keep up some of the island traditions.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

Inside the chapel was well preserved frescos. Oh the stories they could tell if only we had more time.

The local monks serenaded us. Heavenly.

It was the perfect note to end our day.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

I enjoyed my time on the island with my parents while we were on a riverboat cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Quote of the Day:

“Travel is like knowledge. The more you see the more you know you haven’t seen.” – Mark Hertsgaard
…and then, she paused for thought.

 

25 thoughts on “Kizhi Island, Russia – Travel Tuesdays

  1. Leslie Macchiarella

    My oh my! What a joy to see these sights. No nails? How amazing is that! The singing monks in that historic setting and the photo of you and your parents strolling in front of that breathtaking church. Just takes my breath away. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible travels.

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  2. Rona Lewis

    How wonderful! And they say (whoever THEY is) that when monks sing, they sanctify the space the music is in. That’s why the CD CHANT sold so well many years ago. I loved this!!

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  3. CC

    I am DELIGHTED about your new Travel Tuesdays feature! I just love all your travel photos and you have been so many places, it only seems fair that you “have” to share them with the rest of us! This building is truly amazing, and to think there are no nails in all that wood is pretty incredible! I’ve just added the island to my bucket list! Thank you, Cathy!!

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    1. Cathy Arkle Post author

      I am so happy you like Travel Tuesday. I do have many places I would love to share. There are so many amazing places in the world that are so exciting. Kizhi Island is really bucket-list worthy.

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  4. CHERI NEWELL

    What a wonderful addition to your Blog… such a well traveled girl should be writing a book about her adventures and love of food… with her awesome recipes and beautiful photos!!! I get to experience vicariously through you!!! Thanks so much Cath!

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  5. Adri Barr Crocetti

    What a great feature, and what a spectacular inaugural post. Without a single nail! Are you kidding me? It must have been an absolutely fascinating thing to see. Thank for sharing. I have never heard of this place.s

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  6. nusrat2010

    So mesmerizing! So breath-takingly beautiful!

    Thank you for the “Travel Tuesdays” …. A lot of escapists like me would love to dive in here at your blog on Tuesdays 🙂

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