“Church of St. Paraskeva”

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“Church of St. Paraskeva”, the year 1874. Patrimony number 1181/1. Monument of national value. It is located in Sheshory village, Kosiv district.
The church is considered one of the oldest religious and cultural monuments in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. The first documentary attestation of the church from Sheshory dates from 1680. The new church, also made of wood, was built in the place of the old one in 1710. Already in the second half of the 18th century, another wooden church was built in its site, which burned down in 1864. Ten years later, in 1874, a new church was built, the consecration taking place in 1875. In the 1890s, the church was painted and became a parish church. The church currently serves the village’s Orthodox community.
The construction has a cruciform plan and a single top. It is made of wood, in five beams. It has two entrances leading to the narthex and the aisle. The tin-covered walls and the plastic windows have become typical of old wooden churches. Unfortunately, the authentic charm of the place has been lost, which saddens many visitors and guests of the church.
The monument is highlighted by its size and considerable height, being a typical construction of the Hutsul school of famous wooden architecture from the second half of the 19th century. The wooden bell tower, with two levels, has a pavilion-shaped roof. The upper level is very high and ends with an arch, the walls being strongly inclined inwards. Next to the church, there are two wooden bell towers: an old one, having the same age as the church, and a new one.

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