Translated by Dictum Factum (Kyiv)
Map. 190 km from Uzhhorod.
47°56′9″ N. L. 24°10′30″ E. L.
If was the competition for the strangest name of Ukrainian villages, the village with the name Dilove ("a busy one") in Transcarpattya (Zakarpatska region) would be for sure among the candidates. Slovaks called this mountain village Trybushany Bilyi Potik (Tribušany Biely Potok), Romanians name is Trybushany Alba (Tribusa Alba), Hungarians' one is Terebesfejérpatak. The name Trybushany retraces here as well, but the Ukrainian version all the same remains Dilove. Alas :) Well, population of 2673 villagers should be very “busy”.
The name Dilove appeared in the documents in 1901, although officially a village was renamed in 1946 (the first mention of Trybushanne was in 1615). Dilove is near the Tisa River, even its huts are on the mountains, and there behind Tisa is already Romania, the European Union.
A long Slovak name Trybushany Bilyi Potik illustrates the history of Dilove in the best way. In their time two villages united in one: Trybushany and Bilyi Potik. According to the local legend, such name is due to three brothers Byshany. Except Ukrainians, in the nineteenth century in Trybushany lived Jews, Italians, Czechs, Slovaks, Germans, and Poles. Till the present days here posterities of those different nations live.
All the churches of Dilove are hidden in sidelong streets. To get to the Petropavlivska church (St. Peter and Paul church, 1860), which is situated in a cemetery, one had to crosscut the bridge over Tisa. This blue tin church was built over 110 years after another one, Assumption church, but they look like twins, one-in one (if not take into consideration tin and paint). They said it is such variations of Huzul style: a low tower at tetragonal roof with a small pseudo-baroque tubercle above and just below there is an openwork gallery.
The senior wooden sister is on the other bank of the river, near the brick cathedral. This is a territory of former Trebushany.
Church of Assumption was built in 1750 on the place where the bell from the mountain chapel which were damaged by lightening fell, at least so the legend says. In Soviet times, the church was closed, and since 1960 there was a local museum of regional ethnography. In 1995 the church was given to the local Greek Orthodox community which re-sanctified the temple into Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Due to the museum the church was saved from unnecessary reconstructions and preserved its interior.
The fourth Cathedral of Dilove was built in 1990's - it's a chapel which is used now by the Roman Catholic community of the village.
The mountain Pop Ivan Maromorosky (1940 m) is not far from Dilove.