Church of the “Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

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Church of the “Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, the year 1850. Patrimony number 1162/1. Monument of national value. It is located in Verbovets village, Kosiv district.
The church is one of the oldest places of worship in the country, which has been preserved to this day. It was erected on the site of an older church. It is known that there was already a wooden church here at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century. Its fate is unknown, but in 1699 a new church was built. In 1850 another church with five towers was built in its place, which has been preserved to this day. The wooden church was raised during the time of the emperor Franz Joseph by the craftsman Ivan Lavruk, using donations of the inhabitants of the villages of Verbovets and Staryi Kosiv.
The Church of the “Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary” is built of wood. At its foundation is a cross according to the tradition of the Land of the Hutsuls. Still, its architectural ensemble ends with five towers and seven-pointed peaks, which was a rarity for that period and demonstrated the high professionalism of artisans and the material well-being of the community. Initially, the church and the three-level wooden bell tower, which is located nearby, were covered with shingles. Later, in the middle of the 20th century, a metal sheet was laid over it. Elements of traditional sacred and folk Hutsul art were used to decorate the place of worship. The old iconostasis is made of carved wood. The walls are decorated with ornaments and icons.
Above the central gate of the churchyard was built a new stone two-level rectangular bell tower. The first level serves as a portal and has three arched openings.

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