St Alexander Svirsky Church on Khizhgora

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Some 2km into the national park, in an elevated clearing in the forest, stands the atmospheric St Alexander Svirsky Church on Khizhgora. This onion-domed wooden church was completed in 1866 and is located on what has been considered sacred land by locals for centuries. It is only used on special occasions. The turnoff to the church is marked by an easily-missed sign that reads Хижгорд.