Karelia sights

Kinerma Village

Kinerma is the ancient Karelian village situated 100 km from Petrozavodsk. This unique village is a
monument of local value. Thanks to this status beautiful traditional wooden architecture of Kinerma
is protected by Karelian authorities. No new houses are allowed to be built on the territory of the
Kinerma. Everything is erected and restored according to the ancient plan of the village.
For the first time Kinerma was mentioned in the chronicles of the 16th century. At that time the

Nature Reserve Kivach

Nature Reserve Kivach, founded in 1932, is one of the oldest in Russia. The territory of 10880 ha unites
all the landscapes that you can meet in Karelia, 197 species of birds, 48 mammals, 18 species of fish and
569 plants including the famous Karelian Birch.
In the heart of the nature reserve lies waterfall Kivatch, the second among the plain waterfalls in Europe
(after the Rhine Waterfalls in Switzerland) by its size — 10.7 m.


Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia, is an industrial, scientific and cultural centre of Karelia with a total
population of 266 000 inhabitants. The city was founded by Peter the Great as an armaments plant (The
city's name means ”Peter's Plant“) in the period of the Northern War against Sweden (1703). Near the
plant grew a settlement which gained the city status in 1777.
Today Petrozavodsk is not only the Republic's centre but also a vital starting point for tourists wishing to