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Northen Russia is a country of forsests. So wooden architecture in Russia is known well from the the very old times. The remaining old time wooden churches architecture is original and most unique part of Russian Orthodox cultural heritage. But wooden churches are in danger of extinction now. Today only about 200 original wooden churches remain in the North -West part of country (St. Petersburg, Pskov, Novgorod, Arkhangelsk, Karelia and Vologda). Most survived unique and beautiful wooden churches date from the 1700s.

Local people in Russia continue to build new wooden churches. Some of the new wooden churches are inherit the Russian traditional church architecture styles. The other new wooden churches got new architecture look.

I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about Russian wooden churches. If you will have an idea to take a tour around Russian countryside wooden churches - you are welcome! My contact information.

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The newly built wooden Russian Orthodox Church of the Presentation of the Lord at Samuskino village, Volkhov region, Russia.
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That newly built wooden church of St. Ioann Kronshtadtskiy in Podborovie village in Pikalevo region. Built in 1995-1997 it looks like 100-200 years old copying the ancient Archangelsk chapel exterior in the Sura village, St.Ioann's birthplace.
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St. Ioann Kronshatdsky wooden church interior.
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The sacred stone and Holy Cross under the church altar. That tradions comes from the early Christianity days in Russia, when churches were built over the sacred pagan stones.
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Newly built wooden Russian Orthodox church in Tikhvin on the former site of Nikolo-Besedny monastery, which was closed by bolsheviks-communists in 1924 and finally destroyed in 1941.
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The Nikolo-Besedny Ruusain wooden church interior.
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Russian Orthodox icons of Christ the Savior and Holy Virgin.
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Many Russian wooden churches have been saved in open air museums by enthusiasts. Church of the Holy Virgin's Nativity was built in year of 1539. It was moved to Vitoslvitsy musesum in Veliky Novgorod from the village of Peredki Borovichsky District
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The XVI century wooden church altar.
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Iconostasis within the Church of of the Holy Virgin's Nativity.
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The wooden Russian orthodox church of St. Michael the Archangel in Alechovshina village was built in 1730.
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Old wooden churches are survived in remote and natural settings like this ancient St. Nicholas wooden church in Gavrilova gora village, Krasnie Strugi region (built 1689).
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The Vitoslavitsy Museum open air wooden architecture museum got a great collection of restored wooden churches and traditional Russian log houses.
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The new Russian Orthodox wooden church of the Ascension in Lyiady village, Plussa district, Pskov region was built in 2005. The firts wooden church on that site was built in 12th century.
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This 18th century wooden church with slant and tent roofs from Kashira village is known as a masterpiece of Russian wooden architecture. No nails or other fasteners were used in this construction. Patriarch Nikon banned this church structure in the 17th century as insufficiently Byzantine.
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New Russian Orthodox wooden church in Pskov region.
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Classic slant room wooden church of St. Basil the Great was built in year of 2000 by St. Petersburg artist Gretsky in Akulova mountain village.
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Russian Orthodox church bells.
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The Russian Orthodox wooden church of "All the Afflicted" Holy Virgin icon in Tvorozkovo female monastery, Krasnie Strugi region.
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The 18th century wooden church in Vitoslvitsy museum.
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The wooden church of the Holy Virgin Intercession in St. Petersburg was built in 2007 as a copy of famouse Kizi wooden church (1708). It has 22 domes and with a height of 37 meters.
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Russian wooden church interior with a Russian Orthodox monk.
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St. Dmitry Solunsky wooden church in Old Ladoga town was rebuilt in 1731 on the older church site.
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New wooden church in the remote forest of Lodeinoe Pole region.
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Russian wooden church interior.
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St. Nicholas wooden church from the High Island village was built in 1757.
Russia's vanishing wooden churches
Old wooden churches especially suffered during the Soviet time. Many of last remnants of Russia's wooden churches lay abandoned in dead Russian villages just in 100 miles from St. Petersburg.  
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The Russian wooden church window shutters.
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Inside the wooden church of St. Basil the Great in Akulova mountain village.
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The wooden Church of the Holy Virgin's Intercession in Borovik village, Pskov region.
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The wooden Trininty church from Rjekon village was built in 1672—1676.
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The forest wooden St. Nicholas church on the Prayer island at Dubinsko lake near the Tvorozkovo monastery. To get that photo author had to swim across the lake with the camera in one hand above the water.
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The new wooden St. Ioann Kronshtadsky church constraction in Zaruchie village.
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The wooden church of Holy Virgin's 'Perishing' Icon in Nikandrova pystin monastery, Pskov region.
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The new Russain wooden church of Theotokos of Bogolyubovo was built in Lugovichi village in 2007.
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The wooden St. Nicholas church in Zayanie monastery, Gdov region.
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The new wooden church at the birthplace of St. Alexander Svirsky at the Oyat river.
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Church of St. Nicholas and Alexandra, Royal Passion in Nikandrova pystin monastery, Pskov region.
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