St. Michael's Church in the Kinský Gardens

This small wooden jewel was physically relocated to Prague in 1929, to celebrate the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the annexation of Carpathian Ruthenia (the Subcarpathian region) into then-Czechoslovakia after WWI. Also known by its longer name of The Carpathian Church of St. Michael the Archangel, the entirely-wooden church was disassembled and moved to Prague from the village of Medvědovce near Mukačevo, situated on today's Ukrainian side of the Slovak- Hungarian- Ukrainian border area in the Carpathian Mountains, but was moved once before from its original birthplace in the village of Velké Loučky in the same region, in 1793. The hilly garden of Petřín Hill is vaguely reminiscent of the lush, rolling greenery found in the Carpathian region, so the unique church of St. Michael's looks at home here. Set carefully into the well-planned and executed Kinsky Gardens, started in 1825 by the patriotic Count Rudolf Kinský who wanted to create a purely natural landscape without romantic excess, the onion-domed little Church of St. Michael fits perfectly into the landscape, even down to the evocative dark wood of the exterior and its beautifully shingled domes and low-hanging roof. The interior is decorated in the Orthodox faith's characteristic colors of white, green, and red, which represent faith, hope, and love. Kinsky Gardens are located adjacent to the orchard-like gardens of Prague's beloved Petřín Hill, and the two gardens seem to flow seamlessly together. The white Neo-Classical Kinsky Summer Palace with its prized Musaion Ethnographic Exhibition is located further down the path leading from the church. Today St. Michael's Church is used by the Orthodox Church of Bohemia and Slovakia, and religious services are held twice weekly.

Kinský Garden, Prague 5

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