UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ukraine

St. George's Church

St. George"s Church in Drohobych is one of the oldest and best preserved timber churches of Galicia. The church is a monument of Galician wooden architecture of the late 15th - early 16th centuries, one of the best preserved and one of the best monuments of ancient Ukrainian sacral architecture. Built in the 15th century, it has been rebuilt several times and given the final architectural forms by the talented Ukrain ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Drohobych, Ukraine

Church of Our Lord’s Ascension

The Church of Our Lord’s Ascension, built in 1824, is a tserkvas of Ukraine classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building preserves an old 19th century iconostasis and is surrounded by an old cemetery and bell tower built in 1813.
Founded: 1824 | Location: Yasinia, Ukraine

Wooden Church of the Holy Spirit

Rohatyn is a small town considered as one of the historic places of Ukraine. The wooden Church of the Holy Spirit is a monument of folk architecture and monumental art of national importance included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This church, one of the most outstanding monuments of the Galician school of wooden architecture, was most probably built in the first half of the 17th century. It is one of the oldest wood ...
Founded: 1598 | Location: Rohatyn, Ukraine

Holy Trinity Church

Wooden Holy Trinity Church was built in suburb of Zhovkva, Ukraine in 1720 on the place of a church that burned down in 1717. The structure consists of three wooden naves and a brick sacristy. There is an iconostasis consisting of about 50 icons painted by the masters of Zhovkva Painting and Carving School of Ivan Rutkovych in the beginning of 18th century. The iconostasis is made from linden wood carved by Ign ...
Founded: 1720 | Location: Zhovkva, Ukraine

Descent of the Holy Spirit Church

Wooden Descent of the Holy Spirit Church was built in suburb of Potelych, Ukraine in 1502 on the place of a church that was burned down by tatars. It is the oldest wooden church in Lviv Oblast. The structure consists of three wooden naves and a brick sacristy. In 2013 Holy Trinity Church was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List among 16 wooden tserkvas of Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine.
Founded: 1502 | Location: Potelych, Ukraine

St. Dmytro's Church

Matkiv village boasts the St. Dmytro"s Church, built in 1838, in 2013 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with other wooden tserkvas of Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine. In 1831 Wooden Church of Synaxis of Blessed Virgin Mary which already existed in 18th century was in pretty poor conditions. In its place in 1838 masters Ivan Melnykovych and Vasily Ivanovich built a new wooden church of Boik ...
Founded: 1838 | Location: Matkiv, Ukraine

Nyzhniy Verbizh Church

Wooden church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1788 (1808) and belongs to the well-preserved five-domed church of Hutsul style.There are preserved iconostasis of early nineteenth century with magnificent carvings of rococo painting and ancient icons. The church was covered by tin in 1990. In the late 80's - early 90's when in Soviet Union ruled barter tin to Western Ukraine imported from Russia and Eastern ...
Founded: 1788 | Location: Nyzhniy Verbizh, Ukraine

Church of the Archangel Michael

St. Michael Church was built in suburb of Uzhok, Ukraine in 1745. The structure consists of three wooden naves and a brick sacristy. In 2013, Holy Trinity Church was added to the UNESCO World Heritage. It was among 16 wooden tserkvas of Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine to be added.
Founded: 1745 | Location: Uzhok, Ukraine

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Kirkjubøargarður

Kirkjubøargarður ('Yard of Kirkjubøur', also known as King"s Farm) is one of the oldest still inhabited wooden houses of the world. The farm itself has always been the largest in the Faroe Islands. The old farmhouse dates back to the 11th century. It was the episcopal residence and seminary of the Diocese of the Faroe Islands, from about 1100. Sverre I of Norway (1151–1202), grew up here and went to the priest school. The legend says, that the wood for the block houses came as driftwood from Norway and was accurately bundled and numbered, just for being set up. Note, that there is no forest in the Faroes and wood is a very valuable material. Many such wood legends are thus to be found in Faroese history.

The oldest part is a so-called roykstova (reek parlour, or smoke room). Perhaps it was moved one day, because it does not fit to its foundation. Another ancient room is the loftstovan (loft room). It is supposed that Bishop Erlendur wrote the 'Sheep Letter' here in 1298. This is the earliest document of the Faroes we know today. It is the statute concerning sheep breeding on the Faroes. Today the room is the farm"s library. The stórastovan (large room) is from a much later date, being built in 1772.

Though the farmhouse is a museum, the 17th generation of the Patursson Family, which has occupied it since 1550, is still living here. Shortly after the Reformation in the Faroe Islands in 1538, all the real estate of the Catholic Church was seized by the King of Denmark. This was about half of the land in the Faroes, and since then called King"s Land (kongsjørð). The largest piece of King"s Land was the farm in Kirkjubøur due to the above-mentioned Episcopal residence. This land is today owned by the Faroese government, and the Paturssons are tenants from generation to generation. It is always the oldest son, who becomes King"s Farmer, and in contrast to the privately owned land, the King"s Land is never divided between the sons.

The farm holds sheep, cattle and some horses. It is possible to get a coffee here and buy fresh mutton and beef directly from the farmer. In the winter season there is also hare hunting for the locals. Groups can rent the roykstovan for festivities and will be served original Faroese cuisine.

Other famous buildings directly by the farmhouse are the Magnus Cathedral and the Saint Olav"s Church, which also date back to the mediaeval period. All three together represent the Faroe Island"s most interesting historical site.