5 Antique Wooden Church in Russian Kondopoga

Antique Wooden Church in Russian Kondopoga

Posted on October 6, 2015 by tim


These types of antique wooden antique churches are extremely rare in Russia. Main reason  - they are wooden. Wood doesn't stand centuries as good as the stone buildings. Fires are danger for them too. Another reason they are rare because were mainly built in the Russian north. They say they also were built mainly without the use of any metal objects - nail or whatsoever. So what you going to see is one of the most rare wooden churches from Kondopoga, Karelia, Russia.

This church is pretty lucky its being guarded by state and turned into a museum.

The Karelia region is one of the rare places in Russia where such churches still exist. There is also a well known Kizhi park where in Soviet times ancient wooden Russian buildings were collected in one place and moved there from other parts of the Russian North.

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Its wooden interiors are also very unique to those Russian North tradition.

Here is a probably very old Russian icon being restored.

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And here is a five level icon altar. Some icons are as old as from the 8th century! Or over 1300 years old.

The ceilings are painted like the skies with a Christ figure in the middle.

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Just looking at photos of this church one can feel all the holiness of the place.

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You can see this is very very old.

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What is interesting that this church was never rebuilt. It has been like this for more than three hundred years and sadly its already tilted like the Pisa tower. People are afraid to rebuilt it for fear of it falling

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5 Responses to “Antique Wooden Church in Russian Kondopoga”

  1. john says:

    I enjoyed the posting, very unique building,

  2. Tsuhna says:

    Kondopoga/Kontupohja was finnish area until WW2.

    • Alain says:

      Come on Tsuhna, like everything (Kaliningrad, Crimea, Donbas, Kuban, Transdnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, etc.), it is eternally Russian. No separatism there. Impossible. Mighty (midget) Putin said it…

  3. bole says:

    Very nice.

  4. tamtam says:

    Wow! Is it still in use as a church?

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