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St Michael’s Church in the village of Kraynykovo

Two kilometres south of the village of Danylovo in the Khust district of the Transcarpathian region, the neighbouring village of Kraynykovo begins. The village is home to about 1,500 people. Here you will have to wander a bit in search of the temple, which is located far from the road. According to old legends, the village once “moved” here after the plague epidemic from the Golda tract. That first Kraynykovo already had a church, which stood on the Tserkyshche hill. It was decided to build a new one in a grove near a spring.

Михайлівська церква в селі Крайниково

Photos and video of the Gothic St Michael’s Church (Kraynykovo)

Brief overview

🗺 Location N48°07′00″ E23°26′14″
🛠 Built 1668
🧱 Material Wood (oak)
🛠 Last restoration 1971
⛪ Style Marmara Gothic
⬆ Height of the church 25 m
↔ Width of the temple 14 meters
🏛 Status Satisfactory
🧔 Confession Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
🧭 Distance from Khust 14 km
🚙 Road for Auto and on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent No
🏡 Housing nearby Khust
☕ Cafes and shops Khust

Detailed description of St Michael’s Church in Kraynykovo village

The three-domed St Michael’s Church was built in 1666-1668 from oak logs. It is narrower than other churches in the neighbouring villages. It was the church that craftsmen from neighbouring villages were guided by when building new churches. The church is 25 metres high and 14 metres long. There are oaks around it – the same age as the shrine. A wooden cross was attached to one oak tree back in 1884. The porch of the church is decorated with various ornaments, and in the centre is a symbolic image of the sun.

The last time the church was restored was in 1971. The eastern wall is covered with paintings of the XVII-XVIII centuries. They are very rare, as they are made on canvas glued to the walls of the log house. The figures of the apostles and Pantocrator can be seen on them, and under the monochrome image of St Nicholas on the south wall there is a ctitorial inscription with the date “1771”. Various iconostases have been fragmentarily preserved, some of the icons of which date back to the seventeenth century. It is more difficult to see the paintings in the sacristy, as they are almost invisible because they have faded over time.

The church was given to the Greek Catholic community of the village at the beginning of the 21st century. The community is small and lacks money to restore the roof. The lightning rod is weak. Nearby, the remains of a young oak tree wounded by lightning are a warning. When this part of Transcarpathia belonged to Czechoslovakia, they wanted to take the church to Prague, and they would have done so if not for the war. After the war, a village museum was set up here.

The wooden bell tower of St Michael’s Church (1668) was moved to the new Orthodox church and covered with tin. Probably, to avoid the appearance of the old wooden covering, which needed restoration.

How to get to the wooden church in the village of Kraynykovo?

 Walking route

🔰 Start From the source “Sea Eye”
🚶 Walking distance 100 m
⬆ Rise Mostly without ups and downs

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