Situated in the eastern fringe of Central Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of sixteen tserkvas (churches). They were built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths. The tserkvas bear testimony to a distinct building tradition rooted in Orthodox ecclesiastic design interwoven with elements of local tradition, and symbolic references to their communities’ cosmogony.  The tserkvaare 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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16 sites in this World Heritage

  • Brunary Wyżne-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel
  • Chotyniec-Tserkva of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Drohobych-Tserkva of Saint George
  • Kwiatoń-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva
  • Matkiv-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Nyzhniy Verbizh-Tserkva of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Owczary-Tserkva of Our Lady’s Protection
  • Potelych-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
  • Powroźnik-Tserkva of Saint James the Less, the Apostle
  • Radruż-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva
  • Rohatyn-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
  • Smolnik-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel
  • Turzańsk-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel
  • Uzhok-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael
  • Yasynia-Tserkva of Our Lord’s Ascension
  • Zhovkva-Tserkva of the Holy Trinity

Brunary Wyżne-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel

Chotyniec-Tserkva of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Drohobych-Tserkva of Saint George

Kwiatoń-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva

Matkiv-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nyzhniy Verbizh-Tserkva of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Owczary-Tserkva of Our Lady’s Protection

Potelych-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

Powroźnik-Tserkva of Saint James the Less, the Apostle

Radruż-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva

Rohatyn-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

Smolnik-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel

Turzańsk-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel

Uzhok-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael

Yasynia-Tserkva of Our Lord’s Ascension

Zhovkva-Tserkva of the Holy Trinity

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Poland Ukraine 
Category
Cultural
Name
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2013
Keyword
Registered in 2013