Temples of Luhansk Region: Historical and Cultural Context and Relevance of the Research Cover Image

Храми Луганщини: історико-культурний контекст і актуальність дослідження
Temples of Luhansk Region: Historical and Cultural Context and Relevance of the Research

Author(s): Olga Olegivna Smolina
Subject(s): Cultural history, Architecture, History of Church(es), Local History / Microhistory, Eastern Orthodoxy, Sociology of Religion, History of Art
Published by: Національна академія керівних кадрів культури і мистецтв
Keywords: Lugansk region; Orthodox churches of Lugansk region; the architecture of Orthodox churches in Lugansk region; artistic and stylistic aspect of temple architecture; historical and cultural aspect;

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of the article is to study the degree of research of Orthodox temple architectural complexes on the territory of the modern Lugansk region. The methodology is based on a comparative-analytical approach using the method of systematisation. The scientific novelty of the work lies in the fact that an analysis of the modern scientific literature on the Orthodox churches in Lugansk region was carried out for the first time. Is showed that the available few editions do not allow us to draw a complete picture of the Orthodox church building development in the Lugansk region, of its connection with the regional culture, about artistic and stylistic preferences in the cult architecture and its figurative and aesthetic aspects. Conclusions: it has been established that publications of catalogue type prevail on this topic, which indicates the primary stage of identification and accumulation of material, at the stage of which the process of investigating the temples of Lugansk region is located. Some publications contain erroneous data, which is quite understandable by the disparity of the empirical material and its insufficient research. If, in spite of the fragmentation and disunity of the material in general, the history of some temples of the region is still fixed in scientific publications, reference books, periodicals, but the architectural and stylistic aspect of the Luhansk region temples has practically remained beyond the scope of scientific interest. To preserve the national cultural heritage, historical and cultural studies and art history studies of the Orthodox religious architecture of the Lugansk region are necessary for the entire period of its existence.