Holy Spirit Church

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Holy Spirit Church, year 1598. Patrimony number 243. Monument of international importance, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in Rokhatyn, Kotsiubynski Street, no. 8.
It is one of the oldest wooden churches in Ukraine, being dated differently – 12th century, years 1481, 1562, 1567. The scientific literature states the date mentioned on the north inner wall – 1598. The church was built without any nail.
The history of the Pentecost Church is closely linked to the name of the dreaded sultan’s wife of the Ottoman Empire – Roksolana, who received her first communion in the Pentecost Church.
The unique Renaissance Baroque iconostasis was built in 1650 and is one of the three oldest iconostases in Ukraine, which have survived to the present day.
The Holy Spirit Church is an incomparable monument of sacred architecture from the 16th century. It was built in the same ensemble as the bell tower, which highlights it among the other architectural monuments. In 1983, a museum of wooden architecture and painting from the 16th-17th centuries was inaugurated in the Pentecost Church in Rokhatyn, once closed to the public, which is a branch of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Museum of Art. The museum’s exhibition includes 134 items. Unique iconographic pieces are on display here, including one of the oldest icons in Ukraine – “The life of Saint John the Baptist” (1520), as well as icons from the 16th-century iconostasis. The Feast of the Holy Trinity is the only day of the year when the Holy Spirit Church from Rokhatyn, dating from the 16th century, is transformed again from a museum into a place of worship.
Currently, the church museum is part of the museum complex of the city of Rokhatyn, a complex inaugurated in 2004. In 2013 the place was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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