August 24, 2012
0312 UKRAINE (Chernihiv Oblast) - Pyatnytska Church in Chernihiv
First mentioned in 907 A.D., in Rus'-Byzantine Treaty, Chernihiv, the second city by importance and wealth in Kievan Rus, located in the southern portion of this medieval polity, was the seat of powerful Grand Principality of Chernigov, whose rulers at times vied for power with Kievan Grand Princes, and not rarely overthrew them and occupied the throne in Kiev. After 1239, when the city was conquered by the hordes of Batu Khan, its importance began to decline, managing to rise again, only for a short period, in the middle of the 17th century, when it was the center of deployment of Chernihiv Cossack regiment.
The crowning achievement of Chernihiv's master builders was Pyatnytska (Saint Paraskeva - trade's, agriculture's and family's patron saint) Church, a four-pillar, one-dome, square church constructed on the 12th and 13th centuries near the market square, restored between 1670 and 1690 in the Ukrainian baroque style. Being seriously damaged in WWII, it was reconstructed in its original medieval outlook to a design by Peter Baranovsky, an important researcher of ancient Rus architecture.
About the stamp
The stamp is part of a series of 4, Football Arenas UEFA EURO 2012, issued on May 28, 2012. Designed by Yelyzaveta Yakymova, and having the same value, 4,80 UAH, the stamps are:
• Lviv - Arena Lviv
• Kyiv - NSC Olimpiiskyi
• Kharkiv - Regional Sport Complex Metalist - it's on the postcard
• Donetsk - Donbas Arena
Pyatnytska Church (Chernihiv) - Wikipedia
Pyatnytska Church - Discover Ukraine
Football Arenas UEFA EURO 2012 series - Ukrainian State Enterprise of Posts UKRPOSHTA
sender: Liudmila / el-anor (postcrossing)
sent from Kiev (Ukraine), on 29.06.2012
photo: M. Turchyna