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Poland, Ukraine, Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine

 Posted by , last edited on January 27, 2014 at 13:17:10

Location Poland, Ukraine
Coordinates N49 32 2 E21 1 56
Property 7.03 ha
Date of Inscription 2013

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1424 )

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 tserkvas are 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.

The list:

Poland

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

Ukraine

Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Potelych Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Potelych
Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva
St. George's Church, Drohobych St. George's Church, Drohobych
St. Dmytro's Church, Matkiv St. Dmytro's Church, Matkiv
Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Rohatyn 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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