29 km from Yaremche, there is another great mountain resort of the Ukrainian Carpathians with the height of 800-850 meters above sea level — Vorokhta. Local air infused with spruce can cure the heaviest respiratory illness. Vorokhta is most famous as a winter ski resort: there is a range of four slopes, which due to synthetic cover operate all year round, and a 2 km long chair lift. Besides, two original wooden churches have remained here. The Virgin Mary Nativity Church is one of the smallest in Hutsulshchyna. It is one of the best examples of Hutsul wooden folk architecture of XVII century, which was moved here in 1780 from the village of Yablunytsa.
Historical background of Vorokhta
The village Vorokhta got its name from the surname of Mikhailo Vorohta who had settled here at the end of the XVIIth century. Vorokhta was a deserter from the Polish army, and therefore he did not return to Transcarpathian region, where he was born. Michailo Vorokhta was an able master and made a loom for one young lady with whom he later got married. Since then the Weaving Crafts of Vorokhta began to develop rapidly, and people for a sign of gratitude and love to master, called the village by his name.
Village Vorokhta started developing and became particularly as a resort after the railway in 1884. The recreation facility was opened in 1906, called “the first sanatorium”, then in the Soviet period it was renamed as the” Mountain Air”, which operates up to now. In 1928 Vorokhta was officially recognized as a resort for patients with tuberculosis and lung disease. Until now residents from different parts of Ukraine receive treatment here. However, the village develops as a center of winter sports and tourism. In 1930, during the Polish government, two ramps were built in Vorokhta – for children and adults, which have acquired international importance.
Athletes from Germany, Norway, Finland and other countries came here for the competition. Interesting things, which remained in Vorokhta , are viaducts – stone railway bridges, built in XIX-XX centuries. These stone bridges held the first railway. In other settlements similar bridges were destroyed during the World War II. Saved resorts and villas of the XIX-XX centuries have an interesting design and decorative carving that deserve considerable attention.
Viaduct in Vorohta
A large stone arch railroad bridge, viaduct of Austrian times connects the two banks of the river Prut. Underneath there is a highway Yaremcha-Verkhovyna. The bridge was built in 1895 during construction of the railway Stanislav (Iavno-Frankivsk) – Yaremcha – Vorokhta – Rakhiv. Its length reaches 130 meters and the length of the span is 65 m .The Arch Bridge in Vorokhta consideres to be one of the longest stone railway bridges in Europe.
Hutsul church in Vorokhta
This ideal for proportions, very harmonious wooden church moved here in 1780 from Yablunytsa. The name of it as in its newer neighbor on the hill next to is dedicated to. When the church was built, historians do not know: There are two versions, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Historians do not know when the church has been built. There are two versions: the XVIII century and archaic for this part of the Carpathians 1615. In any case, the composition of the sanctuary did not change for several centuries and this is also a true gift of fate.
The church in Vorohta is little, has four frameworks, typical for Hutsul region. But this one is better than their “sisters” from Tatariv or Kolomyya: those are stout, short, brought to earth, and this one is statuesque, slender, drags up to the sun. The place which was chosen for the church is on a hill in the northern part of the village, on the way to Verhovyna. You can see the whole Vorokhta town from there: and the Prut river, and the track and the viaduct, and villas … Well, and stone foundation also promotes harmony. A narrower per volume of walls octagonal tower is brought up over central constructions. Walls are brought down towards the inside – the researchers say that it is a sure sign of antiquity. Mandatory shelter is based on curly brackets; this wooden umbrella is for our parishioners, runs around the sanctuary.
To get inside the church is a great luck for everyone. The condition of the church was quite satisfactory: after 1979, when the church was restored by Lviv specialists. When you look at the church, you are truly amazed: it is not covered with badge, is not in Ondulin, not with siding: it is really wooden. Once it was the Carpathian norm, now it is a rarity.
Once there was a cemetery around the church. Now there little is left of it, and crosses and graves surround a newer church of Virgin Mary, which is shines with its gold badge. A famous scholar of architecture G. Logvin wrote that the old entrance to the cemetery was flanked by two giant stones (menhirs), which were used for marking the holy places.
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