Church of the Archangel Michael

Uzhok, Ukraine

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.

Comments

Your name



Address

Н13 72, Uzhok, Ukraine
See all sites in Uzhok

Details

Founded: 1745
Category: Religious sites in Ukraine

Rating

4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Наталія Гамзіна (6 months ago)
One of the two wooden churches in Transcarpathia that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This church was built without a single nail
Светлана Черныш (8 months ago)
Another stunningly beautiful old wooden church. Well appointed.
Klamerka11 (12 months ago)
Very nice church. Interestingly, on the outer wall by the door there are old "graffiti" probably made with some wire. Very interesting dates and entries. There is a cemetery next to the church. Unfortunately, you cannot visit the interior, because the lady who looks after the church is strictly forbidden.
Виталий Владимирович (14 months ago)
Church of St. Michael and the bell tower Two wooden buildings, erected in 1745 - St. Michael's Church and a two-story bell tower to the north-west of it - are located on one of the highest hills near the Uzhotsky Pass, effectively dominating the surrounding mountain landscapes. St. Michael’s Church belongs to one of the most original local groups of Transcarpathian wooden churches - Uzhhorod - with its characteristic combination of features of Boyko and Lemko types. According to the traditional churches of Boykivshchyna, the building consists of three rectangular log cabins, the central one exceeding the side ones in size and height. The dominant role of the central log cabin - nave - was revealed in its completion, which is a typical for Boyko temples quadrangular top with three low folds and a monumental pyramidal wedding tent. The structure of the quadrangular top of the altar frame is also similar, but it has only two bends and is noticeably inferior to the central one in height. Much lower than the central volume is the western part of St. Michael’s Church, which consists of a low windowless nave and an emporium located above it with a low frame bell tower with a tent finish. The two-story structure of the western volume and the frame construction of the bell tower above the Babinka are related to the wooden churches of the Lemko region, but the symmetrical character of the whole composition of the monument brings it closer to the traditional Boyko churches. To a large extent, this is also facilitated by the arrangement around the building of a plastic attic on figured brackets. Even more consistently, the traditional symmetrical structure of Boyko churches is found in the interior of St. Michael’s Church, the compositional dominant of which is the developed upwards and well-lit space of the nave. The important role of this room in the interior of the monument is also emphasized by the location of most of the elements of its interior decoration - iconostasis, figured cutout and other elements. These features of the building, multiplied by the exquisite proportions and picturesque silhouette, make it one of the best examples of wooden temples of the Uzhhorod group in Transcarpathia. The bell tower is located northwest of the temple and organically fits into the overall architectural and spatial organization of the ensemble. It is one of the most common in Ukraine varieties of the wooden bell tower "four by four", the lower tier of which, surrounded by an attic, is a log house, and the second tier - an open arcade-gallery with a tent finish.
Виталий Владимирович (14 months ago)
Church of St. Michael and the bell tower Two wooden buildings, erected in 1745 - St. Michael's Church and a two-story bell tower to the north-west of it - are located on one of the highest hills near the Uzhotsky Pass, effectively dominating the surrounding mountain landscapes. St. Michael’s Church belongs to one of the most original local groups of Transcarpathian wooden churches - Uzhhorod - with its characteristic combination of features of Boyko and Lemko types. According to the traditional churches of Boykivshchyna, the building consists of three rectangular log cabins, the central one exceeding the side ones in size and height. The dominant role of the central log cabin - nave - was revealed in its completion, which is a typical for Boyko temples quadrangular top with three low folds and a monumental pyramidal wedding tent. The structure of the quadrangular top of the altar frame is also similar, but it has only two bends and is noticeably inferior to the central one in height. Much lower than the central volume is the western part of St. Michael’s Church, which consists of a low windowless nave and an emporium located above it with a low frame bell tower with a tent finish. The two-story structure of the western volume and the frame construction of the bell tower above the Babinka are related to the wooden churches of the Lemko region, but the symmetrical character of the whole composition of the monument brings it closer to the traditional Boyko churches. To a large extent, this is also facilitated by the arrangement around the building of a plastic attic on figured brackets. Even more consistently, the traditional symmetrical structure of Boyko churches is found in the interior of St. Michael’s Church, the compositional dominant of which is the developed upwards and well-lit space of the nave. The important role of this room in the interior of the monument is also emphasized by the location of most of the elements of its interior decoration - iconostasis, figured cutout and other elements. These features of the building, multiplied by the exquisite proportions and picturesque silhouette, make it one of the best examples of wooden temples of the Uzhhorod group in Transcarpathia. The bell tower is located northwest of the temple and organically fits into the overall architectural and spatial organization of the ensemble. It is one of the most common in Ukraine varieties of the wooden bell tower "four by four", the lower tier of which, surrounded by an attic, is a log house, and the second tier - an open arcade-gallery with a tent finish.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Holy Trinity Column

The Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc is a Baroque monument built in 1716–1754 in honour of God. The main purpose was a spectacular celebration of Catholic Church and faith, partly caused by feeling of gratitude for ending a plague, which struck Moravia between 1713 and 1715. The column was also understood to be an expression of local patriotism, since all artists and master craftsmen working on this monument were Olomouc citizens, and almost all depicted saints were connected with the city of Olomouc in some way. The column is the biggest Baroque sculptural group in the Czech Republic. In 2000 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

The column is dominated by gilded copper sculptures of the Holy Trinity accompanied by the Archangel Gabriel on the top and the Assumption of the Virgin beneath it.

The base of the column, in three levels, is surrounded by 18 more stone sculptures of saints and 14 reliefs in elaborate cartouches. At the uppermost stage are saints connected with Jesus’ earth life – his mother’s parents St. Anne and St. Joachim, his foster-father St. Joseph, and St. John the Baptist, who was preparing his coming – who are accompanied by St. Lawrence and St. Jerome, saints to whom the chapel in the Olomouc town hall was dedicated. Three reliefs represent the Three theological virtues Faith, Hope, and Love.

Below them, the second stage is dedicated to Moravian saints St. Cyril and St. Methodius, who came to Great Moravia to spread Christianity in 863, St. Blaise, in whose name one of the main Olomouc churches is consecrated, and patrons of neighbouring Bohemia St. Adalbert of Prague and St. John of Nepomuk, whose following was very strong there as well.

In the lowest stage one can see the figures of an Austrian patron St. Maurice and a Bohemian patron St. Wenceslas, in whose names two important Olomouc churches were consecrated, another Austrian patron St. Florian, who was also viewed as a protector against various disasters, especially fire, St. John of Capistrano, who used to preach in Olomouc, St. Anthony of Padua, a member of the Franciscan Order, which owned an important monastery in Olomouc, and St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a patron of students. His sculpture showed that Olomouc was very proud of its university. Reliefs of all twelve apostles are placed among these sculptures.

The column also houses a small chapel inside with reliefs depicting Cain's offering from his crop, Abel's offering of firstlings of his flock, Noah's first burnt offering after the Flood, Abraham's offering of Isaac and of a lamb, and Jesus' death. The cities of Jerusalem and Olomouc can be seen in the background of the last mentioned relief.