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CHECK OUT THIS 17TH CENTURY CHURCH BUILT WITHOUT NAILS

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Aisha  Badeji

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The over 300 years multi dome and bell tower are located on Kizhi island, one of the thousand islands in Lake Onega, Russia. The Pogost is the area inside the fence which includes two onion-shaped dome churches, the 22 dome Church of Transfiguration and the 9 dome Church of Intercession.

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The Church of Transfiguration, which is known to be the most remarkable part of the Pogost, is called the summer church because it is not heated and thus, does not hold services in winter. Conversely, the Church of Intercession is the heated and winter church. 

The 30 metres high octagonal bell tower that shimmers in the sunlight crowns the structure. It has nine posts supporting the tent roof with an onion dome c with covered with shingles.

Highly celebrated for its longevity despite being wooden, the Pogost made it to the UNESCO’s  World Heritage List in 1990. Legend has it that the 37m nail-less Church of Transfiguration was built by a Master Nestor who, upon completing the work, threw his axe into the lake and said, “there was not and will be not another one to match it.”

According to legend, the churches were first mentioned in history in the 16th century but were struck by lightning in 1693. However, the presently existing churches were built on the sites of the former ones.

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