Sunday, December 14, 2008

Russia - Kizhi museum

This postcard shows the "live exposition" of traditional crafts of Karelia on Kizhi island. This lady demonstrates the golden eyelet lacing. This kind of art has been known since the 15th century in Russia.
Here's some information about the Kizhi island:

Kizhi (Russian: Кижи) is an island on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia (Medvezhyegorsky District), Russia with a beautiful ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and houses. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kizhi island is about 7 km long and 0.5 km wide. It is surrounded by about 5,000 other islands, most of which are very small—some of them just rock outcroppings (called "skerries"), though some are as big as 35 km long. Access to Kizhi is by hydrofoil across Lake Onega from Petrozavodsk (numerous trips every day in the summer), by snowcat (in the winter), or by cruise ship. There is no lodging on Kizhi for overnight guests.

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