SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2000

Concepts of Repair, Restoration, and Reinforcement of the Church of the Transfiguration


With 22 domes, 33 meters high up to the base of the central cross, the Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island, built in 1714, is a real masterpiece, where any spare parts are absent.

During the 1950s, the building's condition started to cause particular anxiety. This was the reason for numerous examinations of the building, in order to evaluate its real strength and to determine the restoration strategy. The absence of reliable methods for the analysis of notched-log buildings was a problem. Any theoretical analysis had to be approximate. As a result of this uncertainty, a metal frame was installed in the church's interior, while some significant structural elements were removed or were considerably weakened during this installation. It was assumed that this building could not be saved and replacing it was considered to be the only way to preserve it. In 1987, it became feasible to reconsider this approach. A new phase of research began. Its goal was to evaluate a number of aspects of restoring the structure and its functional quality.

The objectives of this article is to present an analysis of complicated structures found in architectural monuments and, specifically, to evaluate the strength, stability, and serviceability of the Church of The Transfiguration.

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Piskunov, YV
CREMBS, Korov, Russia
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 66–75
DOI: 10.1520/STP13374S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5415-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2497-4