The both wooden churches are located far away from the centre, I had to go there on foot : O) because the public transport in the town is undeveloped.
First there was St. Onuphrius church in a suburb of Volyany. How to get there on foot? It’s difficult to explain, but I try. The centre - park in the square Market - the church – then go on the same road, turn sharply left at a big crossing on the street of B. Khmelnitskyi – going futher until the end, under the road bridge and the neighboring shop. Next would be a chapel of Saint Onuphrius which is hollowed out in a tree.
The church is not visible from the road - because it is hidden. And how! In the middle of annalistic site of ancient settlement, which is perfectly round, located on the low hill.
From all sides a sanctuary is protected by walls and a wooden carcass belfry (XVIII century) stands guard over in the way to the church. A stranger does not pass. : O)
Such arrangement makes a likable church as something special, unusual - surely this is one of the most interesting sights of the town.
In Busk public opinion is very skeptic about the date which is indicated on the guarding table: 1758? No-no-no. A tridented small church of one roof with a sacristy which was built later in considered being older almost for one hundred years (I heard about data 1642, 1670 and 1680).
The church was rebuilt several times. Restoration works took place in 1970. The central part is much higher than the sidelong and has a large dome on octagonal roof. I do not know, honestly, if the church is working.
If you go from church, without turning anywhere - and go long, long time – the M. Shashkevych street leads out to tridented Paraskevska church of one roof (1708 St. Shashkevycha 56a). Where is disappeared the bell tower from the XVIII century I don’t know.
At first sight, the church looks a bit disproportional: it’s the truth; once upon a time it was a centric structure, similar to the rotunda.
Formerly Babinets was bigger (it was finished building in 1833). The church’s overseer remembers that old Babinets (the church is not working), a very nice woman, a former teacher of English. She tells not only the story of the church, but also mentioned how amazingly beautiful the interior seemed to them, the children of suburb who came here to peep at the chink. The residents of Busk love the native church.
Paraskevska church needs a restoration (the last restoration works were in 1983): the roof leaks, fall off shingles like November leaves, electricity is intercepted – and if the church suddenly begin to burn? But inside the church doesn’t look like a desolated monument: the iconostasis is in its place, and icons are in towels and carpets on the floor. Here is quiet, cozy and tight. On the ceiling are the paintings of V. Leontovich (1833, renewed in 1889-1890 M. Syrskyi). Not far from the old church remains the old Jewish cemetery.
And return from here to the center is much closer along the river and past Mikolaivska church.