Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wooden Tserkvas in Ukraine

In 2013 UNESCO inscribed on the WHS list 16 wooden tserkvas, 8 from Ukraine and other 8 from Poland. From Ukraine I already had a card of St. George Church in Drohobych and now I also have cards of Lord's Ascension Church and Descent of the Holy Spirit Church. 

Lord's Ascension Church in Yasinya is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Hutsul architectural style and few modern alterations have been made to the building. 
According to a Hutsul legend the church was built on the site where a flock of sheep miraculously survived through the winter unharmed after being left behind by a shepherd in a snowstorm. 
The Church of the Ascension was built in 1824 on the site of an older church, though some accounts suggest the current church is from the late 18th century. 
As a perfect example of the Hutsul style it features a floor plan in the shape of a cross, a large central dome above the nave with an onion dome at the top and four much smaller onion domes at the four corners of the building. A minor addition was added to the structure of the church in 1994 when a wooden entrance room was added onto the side in the same style as the rest of the church. 
Unfortunately the interior of the church is not in its original state, and the icons and iconostasis are crudely crafted versions of the originals. - in:

Descent of the Holy Spirit Church was built in suburb of Potelych, Ukraine in 1502 on the place of a church that burned down by tatars. It is the oldest wooden church in Lviv Oblast. 
he structure consisits of three wooden naves and a brick sacristy. - in: wikipedia

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