Moscow, June 30, Interfax - The Church of the Transfiguration on the island of Kizhi in Russia will resume services in July, for the first time in 40 years, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said.
"Beginning in July, I'd like to report, our 'eighth wonder of the world' in Kizhi will finally open, following the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration. And church services will resume there for the first time in 40 years," Chernyshenko said at a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and his deputies on Monday.
The church was built in 1714 and is now the most famous monument to wooden architecture in the Russian North. The active phase of the restoration began in 2011. The church is a federal cultural heritage site and is part of the Kizhi Pogost architectural ensemble, which was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1990.