Monday, June 23, 2014

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathians - UKRAINE - UNESCO #1424

This was really a great postcrossing day, I got another wonderful envelope, this time from Ukraine, with three amazing postcards. The first one shows one of the sixteen Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. I already had two postcards of this site from Poland, so the counting remains the same, but because this is my first from Ukraine, I can finally cross that entry from the list and with that I've just completed all the Ukraine WHS. Thank you very much Aleksandrova. This postcard took 26 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1424 - St. George's Church, Drohobych - UKRAINE
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.

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