This is where I share all the postcards I receive thanks to my new addiction: POSTCROSSING! All the official cards and direct swaps will be posted in this blog. If you'd like to send me a postcard, just e-mail me to exchange addresses - I'll send you one card in return! All the cards on this blog were sent from the country of origin!
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