Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathians - UKRAINE - UNESCO #1424

Another envelope from Ukraine with three cards got into my mailbox this morning (it's the second this week)... the first cards show two more wooden tserkvas of the Carpathians of the sixteen that UNESCO classified as World Heritage Sites (guess I'll only need 13 more now!). This are really interesting constructions and I'm really curious about visiting them one day. Thank you very much Oksana for this two beautiful cards and the nice messages you wrote on each one. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1424 - Church of Ascension of Our Lord, Yasynia - UKRAINE

UNESCO #1424 - Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Rohatyn - 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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