In the Far North, in the middle of a sea of snow a giant emerges from the ice, will be a monster, one of the creatures that tell the Viking legends ?, the astonishment invades the heart of the viewer, but still curiosity overcomes fear, after approaching see that it is a structure erected by the hand of man, and fear gives way to wonder.
This is the Pogost de Kizhi, one of the most amazing architectural complexes in the world. Located on the island of Kizhi in the middle of Lake Onega, in Karelia, it is a monumental complex that houses two majestic churches that fascinate the entire world for its uniqueness.
The name of Pogost comes from a Slavic word that means enclosure and is characterized by concentrating all the buildings dedicated to worship in the same location.
The first basilica is called Church of the Transfiguration, with 37 meters high and 22 golden domes that give it a unique appearance. It was built in the 18th century. But the most impressive thing is that when you approach from a short distance, you can see that the temple is made entirely of wild pine and poplar. Thanks to the wisdom of the master carpenters who designed it, the entire structure is supported without using a single nail. It is the tallest wooden building in the world and a unique relic.
Legend has it that its founder, the carpenter master Nestor, once finished his incredible creation threw his ax to Lake Onega and spoke these words:
There was not, and there will be no other church like this!
And we can say that his statement has been true, we cannot find in the world such a wonder.
Together with his older sister we can find another church, called Mantle of the Virgin of later construction, 1764. With dimensions of 27 meters high, it follows the same style and architecture as the previous one. Given the needs of the cult, it was made of a smaller size so that the parishioners did not suffer the scourge of the cold when they attended mass. It is still open to all the faithful today.
We must also highlight the two bell towers that crown the church, also made of Scots pine wood, with a quite peculiar octagonal arrangement that we did not find in any other basilica.
Another reason for admiration that we must feel towards the creators of this work of art is the immense effort they had to make to transport the wood to the island of Kizhi.
The trunks of a size of about 30 centimeters in diameter and 3 at 5 meters high, had to be transported by boat from the mainland and then moved to its location. In the eighteenth century it was a very complicated mission even more, if we add the temperatures that can reach -40º, it is an unprecedented logistic feat.
Apart from the two churches that constitute the fundamental part of the Pogost, in the enclosure we can find small wooden houses where the peasants lived with their traditional utensils. With a picturesque charm, we can closely observe the traditional russian architecture and take a look at the vestiges of the past.
In 1990, Unesco recognized the originality and audacity of the master carpenters who performed this great work, granting the Kizhi Pogost the status of Heritage being visited by tourists and scientists from all over the world.
Do you dare dear Russian Lover to Travel to Russia and delve into the mysteries that Kizhi's Pogost hides?
I warn you, you will not be the same when you finish visiting this place but it is worth the risk, a Russian Lover dares everything !!