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  • Although many of them have been destroyed, the wooden churches of the Carpathians are architectural treasures-built without nails and glue-but with love by their faithful communities.

    While there are some differences among the ecclesiastical buildings of the Carpathian Mountain micro-ethnic groups, the Lemko, Boyko and Hutsul peoples, the churches all have a beautiful simplicity entirely suited to their surrounding. Photographs of examples of these buildings are included on this site.

    Some of the churches have been moved for preservation to skansens-outdoor museums of architectural examples of the Rusyn culture. Museums in Slovakia and Ukraine also offer models of the different building styles used in the Carpathian churches. The book, Church in Ruins contains photographs of remaining churches (some are pictured on the lemko.org website) and website articles of Dr. Michele Pavensky offer additional descriptions of the wooden churches (Wooden Churches of the Rusyns).



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