The construction of the Roman Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Chernovtsy began in 1841 under the assistance of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. During his routine visit to Chernovtsy he was so outraged by the fact that the catholic community of the city had a single tiny chapel that he immediately ordered a new church to be constructed.
Later Joseph II provided a lot of political and financial aid for the construction, but even despite his help the construction took 30 years. The first church watch appeared on the tower in 1818 and was later replaced by a new one twice. The side wall of the Vozdvyzhensky Church is also decorated with a sundial.
The church has been looked the same since 1910 right after it has been completely reconstructed. The unique feature of the church is that the antique interior and decoration that has been there since the XIX century has remained unaltered. This is explained by the fact that while a lot of
churches have been shut down during the years of Soviet regime, the Vozdvyzhensky Church was one of the few that were still functioning.
The outside of the Vozdvyzhensky Roman Catholic Church looks quite light, but on the inside the church looks darker than you’d expect. This image makes your mind concentrated on the philosophical and God-related issues rather than the troubles of your everyday life. The massive columns, rare outbursts of light that come through the arched windows and the sounds of the fascinating organ takes the visitors of the church back to the earlier centuries.
The citizens of Chernovtsy, as well as the tourists visit the Vozdvyzhensky Church to feel the mysterious charm and unique character of this Ukrainian historical and architectural attraction. Once you visit the church, the impression you receive will last for ages.
The Vozdvyzhensky Roman Catholic church is located in Chernovtsy in Beethoven street, 2.