Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Old wooden churches are a part of Russian cultural legacy. Most of them are left only in Russian North, in such regions like Karelia, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Novgorod etc. They have a long history: most of ancient Russian buildings, till 18th century, were built exclusively from wood. All variety of buildings were wooden: churches, houses, barns, and even palaces. Very little of those survived till these days due to nature of the material – it disappears very quickly. However Russia had some effort in preserving some of those. Let’s see those disappearing beauties:

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Most of those churches were built without hammers and nails. Wooden parts were connected with each other with intellengent technology.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Many of those beautiful buildings however are left for neglect. Like these 17th century churches in Ilyinski Island village.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

However island Kizhi it’s was a Soviet and now Russian museum under open skies where are a lot of unique buildings were transported and restored.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

It was included in UNICEF legacy sites because of this. Real beauty for example this 22 dome Transfiguration church built in 1862.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

It’s been said it’s also was built without any metal nail.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

It’s 37 meter tall which makes it one of the tallest wooden structure in Europe.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

However Kizhi is not the only center in Russia where old wooden churches are preserved. Here are four more or less good condition churches in Suzdal Russia.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

They also are museums now, museums of “ancient wooden art”.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Here is another church in Surgut, Siberia. Also a museum now. Only the churches that got museum status could sustain thru USSR times.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

A wooden church in Leningrad region – bad condition, didn’t survive USSR.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

And another abandoned wooden church in Leningrad region.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

And now again museums.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

This one is probably the oldest! Was built back in 1672! Now preserved as museum. Look what a beauty she is.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

And this is a result of group of enthusiasts trying to restore the wooden architecture technologies of Russian middle centuries. This is a modern day church built without any metal nail or hammer used.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

More than that this church was impregnated with anti-rot and anti fire substances so it should stay for long now.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Another old church in Novgorod.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Church in Perm, Russia.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

This one is very old too. Built in 1757, protected by the state, still in very bad condition, roof leaking in many spots.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

One more very old church – dated back to 1665.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

This one is built in 1878.

Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches

And one more.

It’s big pity but with each year less and less of those remain intact. So if you plan your visit to Russia – find a minute to visit one of those before they are gone.

7 thoughts on “Disappearing beauty of Russian Northern Churches”

  1. Great posting absolutely beautiful churches,It’s really sad to see some in such bad shape, once gone, gone for good. Amazing structure’s situated in an amazing country.

    • @rznr
      You mean, an elected president who presided a 10 year GDP of 10% every year. They have some problems today, but the average Russians are better than before, when they elected this guy. And they know it.

      Now, please let us know how if average Americans are doing better now than in 2000. How’s that debt?
      –LOL

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