Aug. 16 - Wooden churches in Western Ukraine and Poland are added to UNESCO World Heritage List. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Sixteen wooden churches, or "tserkvas", located in Western Ukraine and Poland, built between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of the Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths, have been added recently to the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural organization (UNESCO). Located at the eastern fringes of Central Europe within the Polish and Ukrainian Carpathian mountain range, the sixteen wooden churches present an outstanding example of the once widespread Orthodox ecclesiastical timber-building tradition in the Slavic countries that has survived to this day. There are more than 2000 of wooden churches in the Western Ukraine, but many of those are in a very bad condition. Ukrainian historians, architects and historic heritage activists hope UNESCO recognition will help to protect dozens of historic religious buildings, which can only be found in Western Europe and many of which are in need of serious repair.