“Elevation of the Holy Cross” Church

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“Elevation of the Holy Cross” Church, year 1859. Patrimony number 1169/1. Monument of national value. It is located in Mykytyntsi village, Kosiv district.
Formerly, on this place was the village of Barvynkove. In 1375, the king of Poland Jagiełło gave it to a nobleman who distinguished himself in the battles. There, his wife and the bailiff Mykyta settled. Later, in the bailiff’s honour, the village was named Mykytyntsi. In 1784, the Church of “Elevation of the Holy Cross” was erected, but thereafter it turned into a bell tower.
The new church dedicated to the “Elevation of the Holy Cross” was built in 1859, and a new wooden bell tower was constructed from the materials of the old place. The “Elevation of the Holy Cross” Church is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the Kosiv region, representing a sample of the famous wooden architecture of the Hutsul tradition.
With a cruciform plan, the church has a single dome. Previously, the shingles covered the entire building, except the dome. It remain the only one in the region where the octagon, the walls under the belt and the eaves were covered with shingles. It can be seen that a new sheet of metal was placed over the roof of the church. The altar of the church faces south.
Inside the church, there is a mural from the 19th century. There is a bell tower in the western part of the church, also built of wood, with the top pavilion with three levels. In 1848, not far from the “Elevation of the Holy Cross” Church, a stone cross was erected in honour of the abolition of serfdom.

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