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Former Church of the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross

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ID:
1669
Place
Brody
Date:
1925
Technique:
Postcard
Size of the resource:
90х140 mm
Creator
Unknown
Collection
Library of the Institute of Ethnology Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv
Copyright
Biblioteka Instytutu Narodoznawstwa, Lwów
Publisher
"Akropol", Krakow
Description
The postcard presents a northwestern view of the Church of the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross and its belfry in the early twentieth century. In the foreground is the territory of the former cemetary. On March 11, 1646, before his death, Stanisław Koniecpolski, Great Crown Hetman of the Commonwealth made his last will and testament, obligating his son Aleksander to build a stone church. This intention, however, was only brought to life by Aleksander’s son Stanisław in the early 1660s. The church was consecrated as the Church of the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross. Its appearance has undergone numerous changes, due to renovation after fire, reconstruction and restoration. The side chapels were added in the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the buidling was augmented and covered by tiles in 1825 (eventually, the building was covered with shingles, and later (mid-nineteenth century) – with tin-plate). To the right of the main altar was the later sacristy room, with a treasury above it. A stone, tile-covered belfry with four bells (no longer extant today) stood outside and northeast of the church. The church was active until 1946. A sports school was active in the former church in Soviet times. In 1993 the (originally Latin) church was given to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic (Uniate) community, and reconsecrated as the Church of the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross. Three cupolas were erected atop the church in the late 1990s. A new belfry was constructed in the northwestern part of the church’s courtyard in 2006.
Vasyl Strilchuk
Tags:
Church, cemetary, Koniecpolski family
Category:
Roman-Catholic Churches
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