Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Kryvorivnia

Kryvorivnia village, Verkhovyna district
GPS coordinates: 48.17499542 24.89864540


The official date of the Church foundation is 1719, as evidenced in the inscription, hidden under the roof above the western porch. According to the retelling, the Church was moved to a hill from the Zarichchia village that is situated on the opposite side of the Chornyi Cheremosh River. The first mentioning about it dates back to the 1660s. The Church was moved to its present location in 1719. As of today, it’s unknown whether 1719 is the year of its construction, or the year of its transfer to the present location.

Prominent figures of Ukrainian culture including Yakiv Holovatskyi, Ivan Franko, Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi, Hnat Hotkevych, Lesia Ukrainka, Volodymyr Hnatiuk and many other had prayed in this Church together with Kryvorivnia residents. In 1901, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (then Bishop Stanislavskyi), had visited the Church with a pastoral visit. He wrote a message in the Hutsul language "To My Beloved Hutsuls".

The Church is built of wood and is cruciform in plan. The structure of the temple includes short lateral beams and elongated "babinets" (women part of the church). The central dome is covered by a tent-roofed tower on a low octagon that rises above the roofs of the Church branches.

In the 1970s, the temple was covered with metal sheets, and this is exactly how it is pictured in tourist guides. Thanks to the local community, led by Pastor Ivan Rybaruk, in 2011, the original facade of the Church was restored - bringing back wooden covering.

The peculiarity of this temple is that during these three centuries, despite of all the hardships, it was never closed and the Church services were always held in there.

An architectural monument of national significance.

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