When I moved to Saint Petersburg. I saw that the city and the country is a mix of styles, but it was hard to find the most ancient and traditional wooden architecture around. Recently, I was lucky enough to find a secret jewel hidden in the suburbs of Saint Petersburg.
The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin, from the 18th century, is the main building of a wooden religious complex which has become an open museum surrounded by the quiet flow of the Neva river and its forest. The church, crowned by its classical onion-shaped domes, is open to visitors to attend religious services, which attracts me personally for their traditional songs.
It is part of a restoration program intended to save the old traditional buildings. During the day, it is also possible to enjoy the music of the tower carillon and the view over the other wooden pavilions. Together with the church souvenirs, there’s bread and milk for sale also. Some meters into the woods there’s also a memorial to the Siege of Leningrad during World War II.
The place is a couple of kilometers out of the urban perimeter and can’t be found in guidebooks. Luckily for me, I enjoy taking my bike and exploring around, especially in summer. When I found the church for the first time I was just following the river to Ladoga lake. I’ve returned a couple of times have found that it’s easy to go by a combination of bus and metro.