Ukrainian Catholic Church of Transfiguration

HISTORY

This Byzantine-style church is characterized by a cross-shaped plan and the onion domes. Constructed in brick, the church’s façade faces west and the altar is located in the eastern apse.  The main and transept roofs are gabled. Over the crossing is an octagonal wooden tower, with an arched window on each face. Surmounted by a large onion dome and topped with a miniature turret, the roof has imitation windows, and a small dome. From this point, a cross rises from an orb.  The façade has a one-storey gabled narthex, or entry, with wooden double doors. Above in the main gable of the church is a round window filled with coloured-glass. Two corner towers, square in plan, have wooden octagonal superstructures and conclude in onion domes each peaked with an orb and a cross. The domes are covered on the exterior with galvanized iron and painted silver. On the west side of each tower is a false window outlined in stone with brick corbels below. A stringcourse created by several rows of brick begins on the western towers and continues around the church building.  Both the north and south sides of the church are identical with a blind window in the tower and two wider round-arched windows along the nave wall. The stringcourse arches above the windows to emphasize the curve. Each projecting transept has a round arched entrance on the west side with double doors and a fan-shaped transom window filling the arch. In the gable of the transepts is the bull’s eye window and below are two arched windows. 
 To the east is a rounded apse with a smaller apsidal projection to either side. The plan and roofline are in the Byzantine tradition which is more than 1,000 years old and typical of the Orthodox churches.   Local materials were used by local contractors for the construction of the church.
 

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