The Church of the Transfiguration in Kizhi, Russia, was built in the seventeenth century and is famed for its beauty, being made entirely out of wood. Its large wood construction provided a notable problem when built however. What was this?

Answer: Being neither heated nor draught proof, the church would become unbearably cold in the winter. As a result, it was used as a ‘summer’ church, with a smaller heatable building, the Church of the Intercession, constructed next door for use as a ‘winter’ church.

Source: A History of Russia by Roger Bartlett

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