Monday, January 9, 2017

POLAND / UKRAINE - Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine

"Situated in the eastern fringe of Central Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of sixteen tserkvas (churches). They were built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths. The tserkvas bear testimony to a distinct building tradition rooted in Orthodox ecclesiastic design interwoven with elements of local tradition, and symbolic references to their communities’ cosmogony.  The tserkvaare built on a tri-partite plan surmounted by open quadrilateral or octagonal domes and cupolas. Integral to tserkvas are iconostasis screens, interior polychrome decorations, and other historic furnishings. Important elements of some tserkvas include wooden bell towers, churchyards, gatehouses and graveyards." -

Postcard 1: From Poland - Turzańsk

Thank you so much Kasia for completing my UNESCO cards from your country!
But I still have to look for other Churches included in this list . ^-^

Postcard 2: From Poland - Smolnik

Thank you so much Marysia for this beautiful postcard!
Thank you too for using nice stamps!

Postcard 3: From Ukraine - Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva

Really really nice postcard!
Thank you so much, Kseniya for completing my UNESCO WHS postcards from Ukraine!
But I will still look for other Churches included in the list!

Postcard 4: From Ukraine - The Church of the Nativity of B.V. Mary, Nyzhniy Verbizh

Really really thankful for this postcard, Sasha!
And thanks for sharing with me a strange belief among the children in your country!
It's kind of weird and funny at the same time!
Your story made me smile! ^-^
Special thanks for the wonderful stamps!!!

Postcard 5: From Ukraine - Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Potelych

Thank you so much Alona for adding this postcard in my collection!
Such amazing that these wooden tserkvas are still up these days...

From Poland
  • Tserkva of St. Michael the Archangel, Brunary
  • Tserkva of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chotyniec
  • Tserkva of St. Paraskevia, Kwiatoń
  • Virgin Mary's Care Tserkva, Owczary
  • St. James the Less Tserkva, Powroźnik
  • Tserkva of St. Paraskevia, Radruż
  • St. Michael the Archangel Tserkva, Smolnik
  • St. Michael the Archangel Tserkva, Turzańsk

    From Ukraine

    • Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Potelych
    • Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva
    • St. George's Church, Drohobych
    • St. Dmytro's Church, Matkiv
    • Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Rohatyn
    • The Church of the Nativity of B.V.M., Nyzhniy Verbizh
    • The Church of St. Archangel Mykhailo, Uzhok
    • The Church of Ascension of Our Lord, Yasynia

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