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St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church - Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Alberta, Canada by Adrian Paul

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This country church was built in 1912 in the rural community of Buczacz, Alberta,. While the members of this parish were not particularly wealthy, the church was built with materials that were often better than those in their own homes. While the rite required that churches be built with their altars facing east, the church at Buczacz faced the road according to the habit that was more accepted in Canada. During the 1920s, it was served about once a month by travelling priests from the Ukrainian Catholic monastery at Mundare. It has been restored to its 1928 appearance and is still used for services.

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an open-air museum that uses costumed historical interpreters to recreate pioneer settlements in east central Alberta, Canada. In particular it shows the lives of Ukrainian Canadian settlers form the years 1892 to 1930. Buildings (such as this church) from the surrounding communities have been moved to the historic site and restored to various years within the first part of the twentieth century.

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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Love the welcome of the doorway. What a great church and a good description

  • Hi Kala. I have started the process of resurrecting and restoring the many photos I took during my year on teacher exchange in Alberta (1999). This is the first of many from just this unique cultural site, let alone the rest of the province!

    – Adrian Paul

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Awesome work and well documented Adrian, way to go…inst fav

  • Thank you for your comments and also for adding this to your favourites.

    – Adrian Paul

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