Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Rohatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine

  Erected c.1600; iconostasis 1650; bell tower 18th century. Designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013



JUNE 24 - JULY 6, 2019

The Department of Architecture and Conservation of the Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine, in conjunction with USA facilitators Myron Stachiw (architectural historian) and Yuri Yanchyshyn (furniture conservator), are hosting a two-week workshop from June 24 to July 6, 2019.  The goal of the workshop will be to teach participants how to conduct a conservation assessment: to examine, assess, and document a wooden structure, in this case the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, an early 17th century log church in Rohatyn, Ukraine.  In 2013 this structure was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with 15 other wooden churches in the Carpathian Mountain region of Ukraine and Poland ( A virtual tour of eight of these churches is available here

The workshop is open to students and recent graduates of art and architectural conservation programs, programs in historic preservation, art and architectural history. It will encompass the assessment of wood as the primary material of this art and architectural form, as well as the paintings on timber walls, the iconostasis and icons. This assessment will take the form of a highly detailed condition report, to which all attendees will contribute. 

In addition to the assessments, participants will visit a conservation studio conducting the conservation of a 17th century iconostasis; visit and tour other sites; and will attend lectures / seminars by U.S., Ukrainian, and international practitioners in the field on the history of the wooden churches and their interiors, wood and its properties, wood identification, construction methods, documentation procedures, preservation issues, and other topics.  

Additional details of the workshop can be found at

For an overview of wood conservation in Ukraine please visit    

The cost of this workshop is $700.00, which will include accommodations, some meals and all ground transportation. Airline travel to and from Ukraine is the responsibility of the individual participant. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for American students and first year graduates.

For more information: please contact Myron Stachiw at

To apply: please send a short cover letter and CV to Myron Stachiw at

Application deadline: May 17, 2019


Tentative Schedule: DOWNLOAD PDF here

Staff / Speakers / Lectures List: DOWNLOAD PDF here

Things to bring: forthcoming

Travel to Ukraine

Citizens of the U.S.A and the EU may travel to and visit Ukraine for up to 90 days without a Ukrainian visa.  A two- to three-week visit will not require any special arrangements with or documentation from the Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate. 

A number of U.S. and international carriers fly to Ukraine, and specifically to Lviv, among them the United, Polish airline LOT, Ukraine International Air, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines.  Numerous other U.S. and international airlines fly into Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, from which one can travel to Lviv by air or train. 

Lviv is a largest city in western Ukraine, about 70 km from the border with Poland.  Its population exceeds 700,000, making it the seventh largest in the country.  Established in the 13th century, the city is one of the cultural centers of Ukraine.  Its architecture reflects its rich heritage of more than 500 years under the Polish and Austro-Hungarian empires, blending central and Eastern European styles with those of Italy and Germany.  A large district in the city center is UNESCO World Heritage site.


The dominant language in Lviv is Ukrainian, though many people understand and some speak Russian.  The knowledge and use of English is steadily increasing, especially among those below the age of 35.  Polish is also widely understood, given the proximity to Poland.


The currency of Ukraine is the Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH).  The current exchange rate (March 2019) against the dollar is $1 = 27.17 UAH.  Currency exchange kiosks are widely available, as are banks and ATM machines which dispense the local currency (UAH).  Credit cards are accepted in many establishments that may be frequented by foreigners (restaurants, hotels, some stores), but you should notify your credit card issuer of your plans to use your card in Ukraine before you leave for Ukraine.  Smaller establishments and many stores and restaurants outside of the cities require the use of local currency.

 Climate and weather in Lviv and Rohatyn

During the months of June, July and August you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures in Lviv and the surrounding region. On average, the warmest month is July.  Average temperatures in late June-early July are in the low to high 70s (on the Fahrenheit scale), though occasional days with temperatures in the 50s are not unusual.  On average the skies are clear to partly cloudy about 50-60% of the time during this period.

 Housing and during the workshop

Participants in the workshop will be offered housing from June 23 through July 6.  Rooms will be provided in dormitories of the Lviv Polytechnic National University during the period we will stay in Lviv, and in a hotel in Rohatyn at the expense of the workshop organizers.  If participants arrive in Lviv prior to June 23 or stay in Lviv after July 6, the cost of housing will be their responsibility.


In Lviv, where participants will stay in a dormitory, meals will not be provided, but there are many options available for very reasonably-priced dining in the neighborhood.  During the week in Rohatyn (72 km from Lviv), breakfasts will be included in the hotel accommodations, but lunches and dinners will be the responsibility of participants.  A small city of about 8,000, Rohatyn offers a number of very reasonably-priced eateries.