Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathians - POLAND - UNESCO #1424

Do you know what's a tserkva? I must confess I didn't until reading the new additions to the UNESCO list in 2013 and discover this intriguing thus beautiful wooden constructions typical in the Carpathian mountains - there are sixteen in this UNESCO site and thanks to Ania I now have two of them: Smolnik and Turzansk, both in Poland. Thank you very much for this double swap and for introducing me to this amazing buildings. Ok now, 121 sites down, 860 to go!

UNESCO #1424 - Wooden Tserkva of Smolnik (1791) - POLAND

UNESCO #1424 - Wooden Tserkva of Turzansk (1803) - POLAND
  
Located at the eastern fringes of Central Europe within the Polish and Ukrainian Carpathian mountain range, the sixteen wooden tserkvas (churches) are outstanding examples of the once widespread Orthodox ecclesiastical timber-building tradition in the Slavic countries that survives to this day. The architectural forms of the tserkvas with tri-partite plans, pyramidal domes, cupolas and bell towers conform to the requirements of Eastern liturgy while reflecting the cultural traditions of the local communities that developed separately due to the mountainous terrain.


  

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad the cards arrived safely and that you have liked them :)

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