Church of St Michael, Petrin Hill, Prague

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Place Category: Historic Monument, Point of Interest, and Religious FacilityPlace Tags: Landmark & Historical Place and Church

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  • Introduction St. Michael´s Church in Kinský Garden
    The all-wood orthodox church was built in the villageVelké Loučky near Mukachevo in Ukraine in the second half of the 17th century. It is familiar as St. Michael´s Church however it is frequently referred to as Carpathian Church of the Holy Archgangel Michael.In 1929 it was in Ukraine cut into small parts and moved to Prague. There in Kinský Garden it was re-composed and gained its original appearance.

    What does the church look like? St. Michael´s Church in Kinský Garden
    The church carries the elements of the Rustic Baroque with typical structuring of the church layout into three squared timber parts with timber towers and their roofs covered by shingles. The whole construction is aboutfourteen meters high and eight meters wide. There is a space below the highest tower which is determined exclusively for women and it reaches seventeen meters high. That explains the origin of the popular name „babinec“ (for ladies monly). More towers are located above the main aisle and above the choir. The whole interior is decorated by colours typical for the orthodox faith – white, green and red which represent faith, hope and love.

    The church moved several times St. Michael´s Church in Kinský Garden
    As mentioned above the church comes from Ukraine where it was cut into pieces and moved to Prague. It faced the same destiny a bit earlier already, namely in 1793. In that year it was sold from Velké Loučky to a bigger and richer village from where the construction was donated to Prague in 1929. The decomposed church was loaded into four specially modified carriages.

    Current use:
    Since 2008 the wooden church has been used by the Orthodox Church in Bohemia and Slovakia which holds here liturgies every Sunday and Monday.

    Petřín – Kinského zahrada (Kinský Garden), Praha 5

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