Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ukrainian Wooden Churches

I love vernacular church buildings that speak the local language...here, two of the wooden churches of the Ukraine.  What does it say about modern American church architecture that most buildings speak the language of the shopping mall?

"The wooden churches in the Carpathians have a building tradition which is over 1000 years old and which extends into our own time. On the territory of Ukraine alone there are over 1,800 properties which in their diversity and typology reflect the history of the different ethnic groups who live there. "

If you want to build your own, the book of Ukranian Wooden Churches is online complete with joinery diagrams.  


Carsten Phillip said...

Ukrainian churches are beautiful. Many of the ancient wooden churches were built without using a single nail. This was done out of respect for Jesus who was crucified with nails.

arcady said...

I didn't know that! Thanks for the follow-up.

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