Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine

2013

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Cultural

Situated in the eastern fringe of Central Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of sixteentserkvas(churches). They were built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16thand 19thcenturies by communities of Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths. Thetserkvasbear testimony to a distinct building tradition rooted in Orthodox ecclesiastic design interwoven with elements of local tradition, and symbolic references to their communities’ cosmogony. Thetserkvasare built on a tri-partite plan surmounted by open quadrilateral or octagonal domes and cupolas. Integral to tserkvas are iconostasis screens, interior polychrome decorations, and other historic furnishings. Important elements of some tserkvas include wooden bell towers, churchyards, gatehouses and graveyards.

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