Yasinya. 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. Shown here is the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and its bell tower in the Plytovate area of Yasinya, across the Tisza River from the other Hutsul, or Hucul, church in the village. This church was originally built in Yablunytsa in 1780 and moved to Yasinya about 100 years later. Hutsul churches are built in the form of a cross, with the four extensions connected to the dominant central square. Yasinya (or Jasina) is the largest village in the region.

Last updated: June 13, 2017