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Village History


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Village History


Obručné is a village with the smallest population of the Stará Ľubovňa district.

It is also the easternmost village in the district, located 33 kilometers from the district town. The village is situated at the foot of the slopes of the north side of Čergov at an altitude of 655 meters.

Although the area around the Obručné (Abruchina) brook was mentioned as early as 1312, the village itself did not exist there until the 16th century.

The village was founded around this stream in the early 17th century.

It was first mentioned in the urbarium of 1636 as a new settlement Obruczno.

In 1787 there were 14 houses, in 1828 there were 32 houses. The inhabitants made their living from agriculture.

St. Demeter Greek Catholic Church was built in 1892 in the neoclassical style. The iconostasis created by the woodcarver D. Ozoróczy of Kurima is from the year 1925. Roman Catholic villagers attend services in Ľubotín.

In present day due to difficult living conditions, remoteness and lack of job opportunities, the population in the village is constantly decreasing. The population is largely seniors. The village has a grocery store and a library.



Village Photos


Credit - Adam Hnat

The following photos provided by, The Greek Catholic Archbishop of Presov


St. Demeter Greek Catholic Church



Church Iconostasis


Village Women in Native Dress, Circa 1940-1950

Credit - Google Images and Rusínska duša-duša Karpát


Identified by Michal Stašenko as his Aunt Helena Macejová nee Sovičová