This church, from the village of Virma in Karelia, near the Finnish border, dates to 1625.
What a pity that more of these beautiful and historic wooden churches have not survived. Some months ago I watched this fascinating April 30, 2012 Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty piece on Russia’s vanishing wooden churches. This same church in Virma, Karelia is mentioned. This is one area in which I hope generous donors will step in to assist in state-sponsored collaborative efforts.