Kizhi Island, Republic of Karelia, Russia, June 1, 2021
A true Russian Orthodox architectural treasure will finally reopen to visitors this month after 40 years.
“In June of this year, the long-awaited opening of the main church of the island of Kizhi—the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord—will be held,” the head of the history and ethnography service of the Kizhi Open-Air Musuem Svetlana Vorobyova told the ptzgovorit.ru.
The church, built in 1714, is included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites.
As Voroboyova noted, since 1980, pilgrims and tourists have only been able to enjoy the church from the outside, with a metal frame supporting the church from the inside. The restoration making the reopening of the church possible was carried out from 2005 to 2020. The church was initially intended to reopen last August, but it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This year, the Transfiguration Church will be re-consecrated, and in August the first service will be held there,” Vorobyova concluded.
The last service in the church was celebrated in 1928, before being closed by the godless authorities. Services will now be held once a year, on the feast of the Transfiguration.