The iconostasis of the Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi island will be restored before the end of the year


The iconostasis of the Transfiguration Church, located in the Museum-reserve “Kizhi” in Karelia it is planned to restore until the end of 2018, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of the Republican government.

Kizhi is one of Russia’s largest museums under open sky. The ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. In August 2017 the Director of the Museum Elena Bogdanova reported that the UNESCO experts noted a very high quality of restoration of the Transfiguration Church, the first service in which after completion will be on 19 August 2020.


“Restoration (iconostasis) will be completed by the end of this year. Already completed work on the Royal doors, altar canopy, the frame of the prophetic and Deesis tiers. Until November restorers from St. Petersburg will restore the ground, local and festive tiers. Was previously performed work for the conservation of gilding and paint layer, now there is a restoration of wooden bases and thread,” report of the government of Karelia.


The iconostasis of Transfiguration Church, Kizhi was one of the largest carved and gilded iconostases in the Olonets diocese. The height of the Central part of the iconostasis frame is over 7 meters, length — about 24 metres. The number of icons four-row iconostasis of the Transfiguration can be attributed to the category of the largest iconostases among the churches of the Russian North.

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