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Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region

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The Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine is a world heritage site made up of 16 wooden churches in these countries.

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These churches ("tserkvas", from the Ukrainian singular word for church Церква, "tserkva" ) are examples of traditional local log architecture and Orthodox ecclesiastic design. Built during the 16th-19th centuries, most of them are still in use as Orthodox or Eastern Catholic churches, though Radruż, Rohatyn and Drohobych have been turned into museums.

Sites[edit]

Map of Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region

Poland[edit]

  • 1 Brunary Wyżne-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel (15 km south-southeast of Grybow, which in turn is about 20 km east of Nowy Sącz).
  • 2 Chotyniec-Tserkva of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (east of Rzeszów, just before the Ukrainian border).
  • 3 Kwiatoń-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva (about 25 km southeast of Grybow).
  • 4 Owczary-Tserkva of Our Lady’s Protection (about 20 km east of Grybow as the crow flies).
  • 5 Powroźnik-Tserkva of Saint James the Less, the Apostle (about 5 km south of Krynica-Zdrój).
  • 6 Radruż-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva (about 30 km south of Bełżec as the crow flies, near the Ukrainian border).
  • 7 Smolnik-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel (about 30 km southeast of Solina as the crow flies, near the Ukrainian border).
  • 8 Turzańsk-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel (about 20 km south of Sanok).

Ukraine[edit]

  • 9 Drohobych-Tserkva of Saint George (about 10 km north of Truskavets, or about 60 km southwest of Lviv).
  • 10 Matkiv-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary (about 60 km northeast of Mukachevo).
  • 11 Nyzhniy Verbizh-Tserkva of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (southern outskirts of Kolomyia).
  • 12 Potelych-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (50 km northwest of Lviv, near the Polish border).
  • 13 Rohatyn-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (halfway between Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, about 70 km from each).
  • 14 Uzhok-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael (about 30 km northeast of Perechyn as the crow flies, near the Polish border).
  • 15 Yasynia-Tserkva of Our Lord’s Ascension (halfway between Rakhiv and Yaremche, about 25 km from each).
  • 16 Zhovkva-Tserkva of the Holy Trinity (in Zhovkva).

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