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(July 1 – September 30, 2017)

Keiji Yokotani


Andrew Varlamov

Museum of Popular Wooden Architecture

Vitoslavlitsy, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

July 19, 2017 - 10:07 UTC (13:07 local time)

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The museum was founded in 1964 and it was inaugurated in 1967. Today it is branch of Novgorod museum-preserve. The first exhibit was the the Assumption Church (dated by 1595) moved from the Kuritsko village.

Traditional Russian countryside dwelling is log house, a structure built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching.

Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, are readily available.

Usually logs are naturally-shaped, smoothly-peeled (drawknifed) and then are scribed and custom-fitted to one another.

At the corners where logs overlap, they are notched by one of the several ways. In the Northern Russia carpenters use one of two favourite corner styles (with different variations and combinations):

Interlocking saddle notch: Normally seen on D- or full-round profiles, where a notch is cut into the top of one log and the bottom of another; these two logs then interlock, creating a tightly-sealed corner. 

Locked or Tooth-edged joint: Typically seen in square logs. A lock/tooth joint is where distinct profiles are cut at the end of each log for a tight "locked" fit.

Please look at two farmsteads standing on the northern side of museum street and You will note that they have got different layouts. Layout of the left farmstead is named "bar" because dwelling house, barn and the stable are standing one after another

House in front us is named "twins", it unites summer house and winter house under common roof.


Europe / Russia-Urals West

Lat: 58° 29' 29.328" N
Long: 31° 16' 4.541" E

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.


Camera: Pentax K-5 II; Lens: smc PENTAX-DA Fish-Eye 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED (IF); Tripod: BENRO A-058; Panohead: Nodal Ninja 5; PC Software: PTGui Pro 10.0.15 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by January 5, 2016), Pano2QTVR Pro Flash version 1.6.6 by Thomas Rauscher

Behind the scene - other panoramas shooted this day

11:28 The Volkhov River near the Yuriev Monastery - Good starting point for one-day trip. To reach the Vitoslavlitsy or/and Yuriev Monastery simply take bus №7 or №7A from railway station (departure - every hour).

12:20 Road and fence - Road from the Yuriev Monastery to the museum runs along roundpole fence (it is part of museum).

12:51 Drying barn near the meadow - two-storey house with furnace at the ground floor to dry flax or other plants.

13:37 Museum of Popular Wooden Architecture - almost the center of the museum - near chapel from the Kashira village (it was disassembled, was moved and was erected again in 1972). In Russuan Orthodox tradition chapel had no altar and it was not intended for permanent church service.

14:16 Wooden chapel from Malyshevo village (XVIII c) was moved from eastern border of Novgorod oblast (province), where the chapel also was encircled by low fence made from boulders.

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