Holy Trinity Church, Kamianets-Podilskyi

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Coordinates: 48°40′40″N 26°34′29″E / 48.67778°N 26.57472°E / 48.67778; 26.57472
Holy Trinity Church
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Kamieniec Podolski, kosciol sw. Trojcy.jpg
The Holy Trinity Church was rebuilt in 2006–2008.
Country Ukraine
Region Khmelnytskyi Oblast
Municipality Kamianets-Podilskyi
Location Old Town
 - coordinates 48°40′40″N 26°34′29″E / 48.67778°N 26.57472°E / 48.67778; 26.57472
Built late 16th century
 - Destroyed 1935
 - Rebuilt 2006–2008
 - Consecrated July 10, 2010

The Holy Trinity Church (Ukrainian: Храм Пресвятої Трійці; Polish: Kościół św. Trójcy) is a church in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. The church is situated on Trinity Square near the entrance to the historic Old Town neighborhood of Kamianets-Podilskyi.[1]

Written documents date the Holy Trinity Church back to 1582,[2] although archaeologists have found evidence that the church might even date back to the 14th century.[3] After the Turkish seizure of Kamianets in 1672, the Holy Trinity Church, along with other Orthodox churches in the area, was converted into a Muslim mosque. It remained a mosque until 1699 when it was transferred over to the Uniates when the entire region of Podolia returned to Polish control.[4] The church was one of the oldest in the city and the surrounding region,[5] until its destruction by the Soviets in 1935.[3]

After Ukrainian independence in 1991, the square upon which it sits was renamed from Kuibyshev Square to Trinity Square. In 2006, restoration work commenced, being completed in 2008. On July 10, 2010, the church was consecrated by Vasyl Semeniuk, the eparch of Ternopil – Zboriv of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.[6]

Architecturally, the Holy Trinity Church resembles two other 16th-century Kamianets-Podilskyi churches, the Church of Ss. Peter and Paul, and the Ioanno-Predtechynska Church.[3] It is an oval-shaped construction, with an altar at the east, and a choir room at the south; the church's western portion features a bell tower.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christening of mosaics near the Holy Trinity Church monastery in Kamianets-Podilskyi". Internet representation of the Basilian Fathers in Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Ordo Basilianus Sancti Josaphat. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Sitsinskyi, Y (1895). "St. Trinity Monastery". Историческія свѣдѣнія о приходахъ и церквахъ Подольльской епархіи. Каменецкій уѣздъ. (in Russian). p. 28. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Budzey, Oleh (2005). By the streets of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Lviv: Svit. p. 65. ISBN 966-603-274-0. 
  4. ^ a b Sementovs'kyi. "Troyits'kyi Monastery, 1777–1838. Preservation #1643". Work unknown. National Environmental Park "Podilski Tovtry". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Gulman, V.K. (1901). "Church of St. Тriytsia (St.Trinity)(ruins), the XV-XIX сenturies. Preservation #1643/1". Ancient monuments in Podolia–Kamianets–Podilskyi. National Environmental Park "Podilski Tovtry". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Shukhanova, Tetiana (July 16, 2010). "Holy Trinity Church is consecrated". PODOLYANYN (ПОДОЛЯНИН) (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 1 March 2012.