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Churches and temples of Skhidnytsia

Skhidnytsia located in the picturesque Carpathians, is famous for its rich religious heritage, which includes numerous churches and temples. The temples and churches of Skhidnytsia are not only noted for their historical value, but also serve as a place of spiritual communion and religious rites for the local population. They create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in this charming corner of Transcarpathia, inspiring people to reflect and engage in religious self-reflection.

Церкви та храми Східниці

Map of attractions in Skhidnytsia

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Temples and churches in Skhidnytsia

Церква святих апостолів Петра і Павла у Східниці

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

An interesting architectural landmark in Skhidnytsia is the magnificent stone church of the Apostles Peter and Paul. It can be easily found in the middle of the central part of the village on a hill.

The construction of this church began in 1890 and lasted for over 10 years, being completed in 1901. Subsequently, on 29 September 1902, the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Skhidnytsia was consecrated, and regular services began in 1905. This shrine was designed by the famous Galician architect Vasyl Nahirnyi.

He also designed churches in the town of Sudova Vyshnia and the village of Tukhlya.

The Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Skhidnytsia is square in plan and has five domes. The dome over the nave is larger and rises above the other domes. Each side of the cathedral is crowned with a triangular arch, and the main entrance is decorated with a semicircular arch with columns on its sides, which are topped with small domes. You can enter the church courtyard through the arched bell tower. Particular attention is drawn to the windows of the cathedral, which are arched, tall and narrow, emphasising the beauty and harmony of the shrine.

During the Soviet era, this Greek Catholic church was transferred to the Orthodox Church, and the Greek Catholic priest, Father Volodymyr Marushchak, was repressed in 1947 for refusing to convert to Orthodoxy. After 1991, the church was returned to the Greek Catholic community of the village.

The last major restoration of the church was carried out in 2012. During the restoration work, the walls of the church were repaired and renovated, and the domes were covered with gold.

Nowadays, the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is considered one of the most beautiful stone shrines in the Carpathian region.

Замкова (Костьольна) дерев'яна церква святого Миколая у Східниці

Castle (Church) wooden church of St Nicholas

Another interesting monument of sacred architecture in Skhidnytsia is the wooden St Nicholas Church of 1999. The site of the modern wooden shrine has been the centre of church life since ancient times. According to the records of local priests, a Bulgarian hieromonk Dimitra came to Skhidnytsia in the early 11th century. It was he who built the first wooden church in Skhidnytsia with his own hands. Over time, all the villagers were baptised here. This church existed until the Tatar-Mongol invasion in the 13th century, when it was destroyed.

After the conquest of Skhidnytsia by the Poles, a castle was built on the mountain, and the old wooden church was replaced by the Church of St Agatha.

Nowadays, only the defensive ramparts partially remain of the old castle fortifications. During the turbulent times of the National Liberation War led by Bohdan Khmelnytskyi in the mid-17th century, the castle and church were partially destroyed. After the Poles returned to the area, the church and bell tower were rebuilt by Samuel Cebrowski, the then owner of Skhidnytsia.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, the oil industry began to develop in Skhidnytsia. To establish oil production, a large number of engineers and technicians moved to the village, mostly belonging to the Catholic denomination of Christianity. The old wooden church at that time had most likely ceased to exist or could not meet the needs of a large number of believers.

Therefore, in 1896, a majestic wooden church of St. Kinga was built in Skhidnytsia according to the project of the Krakow architect Slawomir Odziwolski. The funds for the construction of the church were provided by the Oil Company, Princess Maria Lubomirska, oil industrialist Kazimierz Oddziwolski, and other believers. The church had a magnificent interior decoration and was even equipped with its own organ.

After 1945, the Catholic community of the village ceased to exist, as all the Poles of Skhidnytsia moved to Poland. The Soviet authorities did not spare this shrine, and in the 1960s the church was dismantled, and the building materials were planned to be used to build a school in the neighbouring village of Pereprostyna. However, the elements intervened in the plans, as the wooden material of the former church was washed away by a stream as a result of a flood. All that remains in memory of the Church of St. Kinga in Skhidnytsia are the stone plinth and bell tower of the church, as well as the tombstone of Kazimierz Odziwolski. In 1999, the community of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (now the OCU) built a wooden church of St Nicholas on the preserved foundation.

The architecture of this wooden shrine is interesting and original. It differs from the classical canons of Ukrainian Orthodox churches. In particular, the narthex, nave and altar of the church are located in one volume. The church has three square towers with a four-pitched roof with crosses on top. Next to the church, you can see a stone bell tower and a sculpture of Jesus Christ with his left hand raised in the air.

Храм святого апостола Андрія Первозванного у Східниці

Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called

Another modern church in the village of Skhidnytsia is the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. It was inaugurated in autumn 2012. The main shrines of the church are the relics of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called and the Holy Martyr Clement of Rome. Another feature of the church is its luxurious interior. The church belongs to the community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Храм святого Миколая в Новому Кропивнику

Church of St Nicholas in Novyi Kropyvnyk

Next to the village of Skhidnytsia (only 3 km away), in the village of Novyi Kropyvnyk, Drohobych district, Lviv region, there is an architectural monument of national importance (No. 1354/1) – the stone church of St Nicholas (formerly St Michael’s Church).

This masterpiece of sacred architecture was built back in 1695. The church is located in a picturesque place on a hill among the trees. Before its construction, a parish church had existed on this site since 1507. The last major restoration of St Nicholas Church was carried out in 1865. During the restoration, a vestry was added to the altar.

St Nicholas Church is classically three-domed with a rounded altar.

The nave of the church is higher than the chancel and the altar and has a separate entrance. The brick church has three wooden octagonal domes with two bays and crosses on the top. The interior of the church is decorated with a wooden three-tiered carved iconostasis, which has been preserved since the construction of the church. The wall paintings were made later, in 1865, by painter Vasyl Chayka.

Next to the church you can see a wooden bell tower built in 1821. The date of the bell tower’s construction is confirmed by a corresponding inscription on the doorpost. The bell tower has two tiers. The upper tier of the bell tower is represented by an open gallery.

Today the church of St Nicholas in Novyi Kropyvnyk belongs to the Greek Catholic community.

Where to stay in Skhidnytsia

Готельно-оздоровчий комплекс «Цитадель»
37B Nezalezhnosti St., Skhidnytsia
+380 ....
from 900₴/day
Котедж «Ватра» у Східниці
39B Ivan Franko Street, Skhidnytsia
+380 ....
from 1600₴/day

Tours and excursions

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