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Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 16-19 centuries
Date of Inscription: 2013
Location: Eastern Europe, Carpathian Region, Poland and Ukraine
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Description: Situated in the eastern fringe of eastern Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of 16 tserkvas, churches, built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of the Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths. They represent the cultural expression of four ethnographic groups and the formal, decorative and technical characteristics they developed over time. 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 tserkvas are built on a tri-partite plan surmounted by open quadrilateral or octagonal domes and cupolas. They feature wooden bell towers, iconostasis screens, and interior polychrome decorations as well as churchyards, gatehouses and graveyards. --WHMNet's description is from WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Wooden Tserkvas of Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine are a group of wooden Eastern Catholic / Orthodox churches located in Poland and Ukraine which were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
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Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center ( 2. Wikipedia.
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