Czech fruit of love for the sacred art of Transcarpathia was presented in Uzhgorod (PHOTOS)

25 September 2015 14:56  149106808 0107861
Czech fruit of love for the sacred art of Transcarpathia was presented in Uzhgorod (PHOTOS)

On Thursday, in the bishop's residence of the Mukachevo Greek Catholic diocese, there was the presentation of a unique photo album "Wooden Churches of Transcarpathia" compiled by the researcher, art critic Mykhailo Syrokhman and professor from Presov Mykola Mushinka. The album presents the most comprehensive collection of photographs of wooden churches of Transcarpathia made by Czech researcher Florian Zapletal in 1919 - 1925 when the region was a part of Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Syrokhman said that Zapletal immediately "fell in love" with the sacred art of the region, understood architectural and historical value and, in fact, was the first to systematically photograph churches.   



It turns out that the photos of the Czech researcher have been published before. The above mentioned academician Mushinka, who inherited the archive, not being able to publish the book in Ukraine or Slovakia, gave the manuscript to Professor Robert Mahochi from Canada. The pictures were published in 1982 in Vienna entitled "Wooden Churches of the Carpathians" with English and German texts. Not long ago, Mr. Mushinka gave Zapletal's archives to Uzhgorod researcher Mykhailo Syrokhman.

And now we have the publication skillfully made by Uzhgorod publishing house of Oleksandr Harkusha funded by the Department of Culture of the Regional State Administration and Mukachevo Greek Catholic diocese. The photo album is valuable as many of the wooden churches have not "survived" to this day. Therefore, we can see them only in photographs of the Czech researcher. Currently, about 100 wooden churches have preserved in the region. By the way, soon they plan to publish no less valuable edition of the photo album "Towns and villages of Transcarpathia" with photographs by Florian Zapletal.

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