Saturday, 1 September 2012


Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Greek Catholic Church was built by famous architect Bernard Meretyn in 1764. Ioan Heorhiy Pinzel, called Ukrainian Mikelangelo, had made the iconostatis, the amvon, the altars, the relief compositions "St. Mykolay's Miracle",  "Annunciation", "Angel-protector", "Travel to Emmaus", "Head's Cutting off of Ivan the Forerunner", the allegoric sculptures of Toviy, Faith, Courage in this Church.

Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Greek Catholic Church from the other side.

Memorial-tomb of the victims of Stalin's repressions near the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Greek Catholic Church.

Buchach was perfectly planned, using its relief and natural resources. Buchach locates on Opillya, the part of Podilska Hill, and city's streets are often located on the different knolls, so the difference of the altitude exists between Buchach streets and that's why the stairs are often constructed between the streets. The streets and some separate buildings are also strengthened with specially constructed walls. All together creates just amazing view of the city. You can see some buildings, located on the streets with the difference of the altitude on this and two next photos.

Buchach Regional Polyclinic is also situated on separate knoll and has its stairs and the wall-strengthening.

       And on this photo the whole street has its ancient wall-strengthening.

Some people build the houses on the forest knolls of Buchach, what looks very charming.

                                    Regional Cultural House was built in 1905. 

City Council's House was built by the architect Bernard Meretyn and was decorated with many sculptures by the architect and sculptor Ioan Heorhiy Pinzel in 1750-1751, and it's restored now.

Because of council's restoration it's possible to see only council's tower and present Buchach council is situated in another building.

                                     Buchach fountain.

Monument to Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet, writer, painter, public person (1994).

                              Strypa River's landscape. 

Assumption of the Mother of God Roman Catholic Cathedral was constructed in 1763. The sculptor and architect Ioan Heorhiy Pinzel created the sculptures for the cathedral's altars and married here, and his children were also baptized in this cathedral.

One of the entrances of the Assumption of the Mother of God Roman Catholic Cathedral. 

Wall-fence around the Assumption of the Mother of God Roman Catholic Cathedral.

           This pharmacy was built in 1932 and is the oldest pharmacy in the city.

Memorable table on the house, where Shmuel Agnon, Jewish writer and Nobel Prize winner in literature in 1966, was born in 1888. 

                         Wonderful Buchach landscape and Strypa River.

God's Fair Cross Greek Catholic Church (constructed in 1765-1771 by Gotfrid Goffman) and Monastery (constructed in 1751-1753) of Basilian Order. Count Mykola Pototskyy donated many money for the building of Basilian Church and Monastery, and founded school (later gimnasium) for poor children at Basilian Monastery in 1754.   

God's Fair Cross Greek Catholic Monastery of Basilian Order and the bell-tower (constructed in 1854) nearby, and its wall-strengthening..

The view of God's Fair Cross Greek Catholic Monastery's Complex from castle's mountain.

The ruins of Buchach castle, which was built in XIVth and reconstructed in XVIIth century. The first written mention about Buchach castle is dated 1379 year and Ukrainian family Buchatski were the founders and the first owners of the castle in the XIVth century.

                                       Buchach castle's ruins.

                                     Buchach castle's ruins.

St.Mykolay Orthodox Church was constructed in 1610 thanks to Mariya Pototska, the wife of Stefan Pototskyy, the owner of the city at that time, and at once the sister of Petro Mohyla, Kyiv Orthodox metropolitan, who decided to construct Orthodox Church in Buchach. Cross dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Holodomor (famine's genocide of Ukrainians in1933) was set in 1993 near St.Mykolay Ukrainian Autocefal Orthodox Church. 

                                  Sobeskyy's source, opened in 1683.

                                 Buchach State Tax Service.

                                        Jesus Christ sculpture (2003).

St. Ioan sculpture, made by the sculptor Ioan Heorhiy Pinzel in 1750.

Coat of Arms of the city of Buchach on St. Ioan sculpture.

The city of different nations' cultures and amazing landscapes, the city built without the relief's changes, but with clever using of geographical location and natural conditions. It's Buchach in Ternopil region! Buchach is like a place of quiet harmony between people and nature. I walked there and didn't want to go away, but wanted to enjoy my visit more in this really charming city. But I hadn't many time for a walk and I didn't see such Buchach sightseeings and monuments as St.Mykhayil Church (1910), St.Mary the Virgin figure (sc. I.H.Pinzel, 1751) at the city's entry, memorial to Sichovi Striltsi (Ukrainian soldiers in the early of the XXth century), memorial to the fighters for Ukraine's freedom, tomb of UPA soldier Yarolsav Kosarchyna "Bayrak", Musician school (1897), "Gold Linden" (place, where Poland and Turkey had signed Peace's Bill in 1672), two monuments to the victims of nazism, Glory's memorial to the soldiers, died during the Second World War, etc.What I was in time to watch, You can see on the photos here. But I think that I'll come again to this nice city. And You're welcome to Buchach.    

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