WOODEN CHURCHES OF LESSER POLAND

St. Michael's Archangel church in BinarowaThere are around 3000 sacral buildings made of wood in Poland. 1700 of them are gems of sacral architecture. The most beautiful and precious wooden churches survived in Malopolska (Little Poland) and the eastern borderlands of Poland. This is the area where the Roman Catholic West meet the Orthodox East. The Trail of Wooden Architecture that runs through Malopolska contains 237 architectural complexes of great value such as catholic and orthodox churches, chapels, manor houses, palaces, etc. A group of 6 wooden churches UNESCO inscribed in the World Heritage List.

Wooden churches in Sekowa, Binarowa, Lipnica Murowana, Debno Podhalanskie, Haczow and Blizne are the most representative examples of surviving Gothic sacral architecture. They were built in the 15th and 16th century with the use of the horizontal log technique. Perfectly blended with the natural environment belong to one of the most picturesque places in Poland. They entrance with original polychrome decorating the interior walls and ceiling. Absolutely amazing and charming are a wonder on the European scale.

Special attention should be paid to the church of the Assumption in Haczow erected in the mid-15th century which is the biggest and one of the oldest wooden Gothic church in the world. As one of the best preserved is considered the church of St Michael the Archangel in Debno Podhalanskie. You will find there original sculptures, Gothic paintings and artistic handiworks dating back to the Middle Ages.

Lipnica Murowana is widely known not only for St. Leonard’s church but also the Easter Palm Contest. The competition for the most beautiful and the highest palm is an annual event that takes place on Palm Sunday.

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