Famous places of Drohobych

I was born in Drohobych and I would like you to visit this town. This year we have celebrated 926 years of Drohobych. But there are a lot of discussions around this date. Someone once said that Drohobych is no more than 630 years old. Until a certain time, the city did not celebrate its foundation, and the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the beginning of Independence of Ukraine is a completely fake date.

I want to tell you about and show some interesting places in my city. First of all, about  St. George Wooden Church. It was built without any nail. It's difficult to convey the emotions that you feel when you stand there. You have to see it with your own eyes.  It is well preserved, wooden bolts and nails visible in the construction. Despite the lack of financial means to preserve the decorations properly ,the fantastic interior paintings with Biblical motives. Most of the frescoes date from the 17th century when the church was extended, some of them have been poorly restored. I swear that you will be full of emotions.

St. George Wooden Church. Drohobyvh. Photo 1

St. George Wooden Church. Drohobyvh. Photo 2

Next one is The Roman Catholic Church of St. Bartholomew. A defensive tower located nearby was used as a bell tower of the church. Over the centuries, the building was reconstructed several times. In Soviet times, it was used as a warehouse. Today, the church belongs to the Roman Catholic community of the city. Wall paintings of the 19th century are preserved in the interiors. It is situated on the square and the priests speak only Polish. There is a bell and you can ask for them at any moment.

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Bartholomew. Drohobych. Photo 1

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Bartholomew. Drohobych. Photo 2

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Bartholomew. Drohobych. Photo 3

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Bartholomew. Drohobych. Photo 4

The Choral Synagogue. It was the largest synagogue in Eastern Galicia, built in 1842-1865 years for the large Jewish community of Drohobych that played an important role in the economic life of the city.

The Choral Synagogue. Drohobych. Photo 1

The Choral Synagogue. Drohobych. Photo 2

After the Second World War, it was used as a salt warehouse, then a furniture store.

Just a couple of years ago it looks like on the first photo. Later on it was rebuilt and now it looks amazing.

Drohobych has a lot to offer, but its treasures are not visible right away. The town is home to the world renowned writer and artist Bruno Schultz. A museum dedicated to his life can be found in the old school where he used to teach. Entry to the museum is only by appointment, but will be appreciated by many fans of his art, and is certainly worth a visit. Drohobych features one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, a stunning old wooden church with an equally beautiful bell tower, also made of wood. On a summer day, a grassy church yard offers a relaxing place to meditate and think about the town’s old days.

Drohobych could make it into the Guinness Book of Records as the site of the oldest factory in Ukraine. Although badly run-down, the town’s saltworks date back to the 13th century. They helped to shape the official flag of the town in the form of nine cones of salt against a blue background. Drohobych owes much of its old glory and wealth to the production of salt, as well as extraction of oil in the later years.

Drohobych is a miniature and somewhat run down version of Lviv that is worth visiting along the way to the Carpathian Mountains and mineral spas in the area.

by Yaryna Leybych

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