Wooden church in Krylos
Krylos is a small village of Halych Raion in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine. It is located 5 kilometres (3 miles) south of modern Halych and is part of the National preserve Ancient Halych. The village covers an area of 19.18 square kilometres (7.41 square miles). The village council consists of 16 people.
Krylos is located on the site of the Princely city center of Halych; according to the website of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the settlement was founded in 898 AD. The territory of Krylos extended as far as the Limnytsia River to the west and Dniester River to the north. Immediately to the west of the Krylos settlement flows the Lukva River, which in ancient times was wider and deeper than it is today. The Lukva River served as a natural obstruction to invaders. On the east side of the Halych citadel flowed a small creek that with its valley provided an additional defensive barrier. On top of the hill where the local Assumption Church (Ukrainian: Галицький Успенський собор) displayed its stature to the surrounding landscapes, a series of tall defensive earth ramparts were built that served as the defense barriers in the past.
Points of interest
Krylos is now a village with remains and the partially reconstructed Assumption Church, considered to be from medieval times. Next to this church Prince Yaroslav Osmomysl (Osmomysl means one who has eight thoughts, or eight ways of thinking) was buried. A chapel has been constructed on the site of the original Assumption Church.
- Krylos at Castels and Temples of Ukraine website (Ukrainian)
- Krylos in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988)
- Page with some pictures of Krylos
- Website of the National Preserve Ancient Halych (Ukrainian)
- (Polish) Kryłoś in the Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland, volume IV (Kęs — Kutno) published 1883
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