Services to resume after 40 years in famous Transfiguration Church on Kizhi Island

Kizhi Island, Karelia, Russia, June 30, 2020

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For the first time in 40 years, Divine services will soon be held in the world-famous Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island in the northern Russian Republic of Karelia.

The church will reopen after restoration in July, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernishenko stated on Monday at a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, reports TASS.

Restoration work was completed earlier this year, though the planned reopening in June was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The island reopened for tourists on June 10, though without the possibility of visiting architectural monuments.

“Our ‘8th wonder of the world’ in Kizhi will open in July, where the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord has been completed, and for the first time in 40 years, services will resume there,” Deputy PM Chernishenko said.

The church has been included in the UNESCO Heritage list since 1990 and is also a Cultural Heritage Site of Federal Signififance. Restoration on the church began in 2009, for which more than $7 million (508 million rubles) were allocated. One of the most important stages of the restoration was the work on the church’s 16 wooden domes, which required the replacement of 34,000 aspen “tiles.”

The church was built in 1714 and is currently the most famous monument of wooden architecture of the Russian North.

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