Karelia – the land of lakes and rivers, the land of birches and pines, the land that touches hearts and remains in memories for good. Some would describe it as a peculiar unity of the three elements of nature: water, rocks and forests. It keeps and preserves untouched the memories and traditions dating back in centuries.
The land of purity and serenity – Karelia combines modern and primordial it presents pure beauty of the Russian North.
It’s capital Petrozavodsk is the only Russian city called after Peter the Great. To be more precise it refers to the history of the very first settlement which soon developed into a full-fledged city. The settlement appeared around the weapon factory built by order of the first Russian Emperor.
Kizhi Island, located 68 km away from the city is home to a large open-air museum of wooden architecture. It includes more than 80 wooden architecture monuments. The architectural complex of Kizhi Pogost is the gem of this collection, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Federal Museum of Cultural History and Architecture is a museum of traditional farmer culture of Karelia. Its exposition provides complete presentation of the traditional culture of former Olonetskaya province of XIX – early XX century, and displays the traditional farmers’ household and spiritual life.