Uzhok. Wooden Church


This image is part of an album probably published in about 1920 that contains 20 photographs of scenes in Carpathian Ruthenia, a mountainous region, most of which was part of the Austria-Hungary before World War I, but which became part of the new Czechoslovak state in 1919. Today the largest portion of it forms Zakarpattia Oblast in western Ukraine, with smaller parts in Slovakia and Poland. Saint Michael’s Church in Uzhok dates from 1745. Like many of the region’s churches, it was later covered with a dark oil stain to protect against decay and termite infestation. The three-tiered tower over the central tabernacle dominates the small church and sits pagoda-like above the wood-shingled roof, which has a wide overhang that shelters worshipers and protects the walls from the worst of the Carpathian winter.

Last updated: February 12, 2013