Friday, May 5, 2017

Open Air Museum of Folk Architecture at Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky

One of the gems of Ukrainian culture that is often missed because it is 100 km from Kyiv is the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukrainians .  The museum presents a Ukrainian village of the late 19th – early 20th centuries, as well as buildings and monuments since the late Paleolithic period to the times of Kyivan Rus. Thirteen thematic museums are located within the main museum located on 30 hectares.

The link above has much more recent pictures than mine which were taken in 1997 and 1999, so check them out.

Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskiy Folk Museum website provides a brief description of the site and the various historical cultures represented along with the thematic museums. It is one page long so reading it will only take a minute.

There are too many pictures so more than one post will be necessary.  Today will be pictures of a wooden church and the Museum of Ukrainian Embroidery which is located in another wooden church.












http://hottur.ck.ua/natsionalnyiy-zapovednik-pereyaslav-hmelnitskiy/  This tour site has more information but you will need to right click and click Translate into English if you don't read Russian.  Googling Open Air Museum Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky will bring up a number of sites advertising tours.  They may or may not be in English.  Google Translate to the rescue.

10 comments:

  1. I love the way the unassuming exterior contrasts with the elaborate decoration inside. You'd never even think the photos were of the same building! Thanks for sharing your photos - this is likely as close as I'll ever come to those buildings.

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    1. You could always come and visit, you know.

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    2. We had a Russian Orthodox church in our last village in Alaska - The Icons were interesting art reflecting the culture.
      A good post - thanks
      the Ol'Buzzard

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    3. Icon painting is a very serious business. There are official schools and official methods etc. The icons themselves are treated as holy objects and started a civil war in teh Orthodox church many centuries ago between those to believed in Icons and those who saw them as idols almost.

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  2. I really love finding out about things like this. The painstaking detail is just amazing.

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  3. Gawd, that embroidery has me salivating!

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    1. From now on I will get better closer pictures of embroidery for you. It really is lovely

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