Friday, January 20, 2017

Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life - Ukraine

These two beautiful wooden churches can be visited at the Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life. This is an open-air museum containing 120 monuments of folk architecture including six wooden churches. Hardly any museum in the world can boast with so many old religious buildings. - in: http://www.touristinfo.lviv.ua/en/plan-trip/what_to_see/

This wonderful wooden church was the first structure in the museum's collection. It was originally constructed in 1763 in the small village of Kryvka and moved to the museum in 1930. 
Today, Saint Nicholas church is the museum's main attraction and a superb example of the Boyko wooden church. Boyko churches are identifiable by a building plan with three steeples where the tallest steeple is the central one.

I'm not 100% sure, it wasn't easy to find information about this church, but this is probably St. Vladimir and St. Olga church, copy of a 1831 church in Kotány village. It was built thanks to the donations of Lemkos of USA, Canada and Lemko community of Lviv.
The distinctive wooden architectural style of the Lemko churches (as opposed to their neighbouring sub-ethnic groups such as the Boikos) is to place the highest cupola of the church building at the entrance to the church, with the roof sloping downward toward the sanctuary. - in: wikipedia

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