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Wooden Church of the Ascension in Piyala

The Russian North is a collective name for the northern regions of the European part of Russia, where a lot of folk traditions have been preserved since the times of Kievan Rus.

In the 16th-17th centuries, a peculiar northern culture developed here with its northern “schools” of painting, bone and wood carving, wooden architecture.

A good example of Russian northern architecture is the wooden Church of the Ascension, built in the village of Piyala between 1651 and 1654 and located about 310 km south-west of Arkhangelsk. Piyala on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Until recently, the bell tower (1700) of the church was in emergency condition. Today, its restoration is underway.

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