The wooden church architecture is the most precious part of the folk art of Transcarpathia. It is most capable of representing our region in all its originality and complicated history. Transcarpathian church building testifies to its centuries old affiliation with Ukrainian art and reflects its interconnection with the art world of neighbouring nations. The local architectural tradition reflects the confessions of the different ethnic groups of our region along with its having belonged to different states at different times.
This land in the Carpathians became a place where the western and eastern branches of Christianity met and created a significantly diverse variety of architectural styles and forms of wooden buildings in a relatively small territory. At the same time, the wooden church architecture of Transcarpathia is only a part of a vast corpus of folk wooden buildings named of the Ukrainian Carpathians and which is also just a part of the great continent of Ukrainian wooden architecture.
This record of lost Transcarpathian architecture is designed to be a monument to those losses and enable us to pay tribute to the memory of lost artistic values.
This publication records images of 156 lost items of ecclesiastical architecture (101 wooden churches, 29 wooden bell towers, 26 brick churches), which used to belong to the Greek Catholic, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant confessions, and have ceased to exist, one way or another during the 20th and 21st centuries.
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