Wooden Churches of Southern Lesser Poland

Visiting Southern Poland I got to know of the wooden churches in this area.  A villager said there are wooden churches more than 300 in this area. These chuches were built in 14th~18th century, but are still used as parish churchs, while the villagers restores it voluntarily. Six churches of them were registered with UNESCO world heritage.

Church of the Archangel Michael  in Binarowa, Church of All Saints in Blizne, Church of the Archangel Michael in Dębno Podhalańskie, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael in Haczow, Church of St Leonard in Lipnica Murowana, Church of St Philip and St James the Apostles in Sekowa are UNESCO world heritage sight.

I visited the four wooden churchs when I was in Poland. One of them is not world heritage.

Church of St Leonard in Lipnica MurowanaLipnica Murowana Photo image; main square of Lipnica Murowana village, statue on the pillar is St. Simon of Lipnica.Church of St LeonardPhoto image; St. Leonard Church in Lipnica Murowana, late 15th century. Church of St LeonardChurch of St Leonard, AltarChurch of St Leonard Church of St Leonard, Church yard

Lipnica MurowanaLipnica Murowana is very quiet village, the shopper is sparse in the market place. Here, time seems to pass away slowly.

St. Michael the Archangel Church in Binarowa
St. Michael the Archangel Church in Binarowa St. Michael the Archangel Church in BinarowaSt. Michael the Archangel Church in Binarowa St. Michael the Archangel Church in Binarowa from circa 1500. St. Michael the Archangel Church in BinarowaSt. Michael the Archangel Church in Binarowa    Children playing in the churchyard are very cute, neighboring adults are cleaning there. It is very quiet and peaceful here. Religious people are  honest and helpful. I really love this village and think it is nice if I live in such a place.

Church of St. Phillip and St. Jacob in Sękowa, from 1520

Sękowa is a village in southern Poland, incorporated by an edict issued on February 22, 1363, by King Kazimierz Wielki. Sękowa is the seat of rural Gmina Sękowa, administrative district in Gorlice County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, on the Polish Slovak border.

The church, built at the beginning of 16th century.  It was built using manually hewed larch wood covered with shingle. The church is one-nave with the chancel closed off at three sides. The interior is meagre, since the church was devastated during the war time at the turn of 1914 and 1915. Wooden elements from the church were used to build trenches and consumed as firewood. However, the church was reconstructed and today visitors may admire here, among other things, late Renaissance altar dating back to 17th century and a stone baptismal font from 1522.

Church of St. Phillip and St. JacobChurch of St. Phillip and St. Jacob Church of St. Phillip and St. Jacob Church of St. Phillip and St. Jacob Church of St. Phillip and St. Jacob   I really love this Virgin Mary image deeply.Church of St. Phillip and St. Jacob

Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Jaszczurowka, It is called “Jaszczurowka Chapel. “The Jaszczurowka Chapelis one of Witkiewicz’s works. (He was a famous Polish painter, architect, writer and art theoretician) wooden jewels in the Polish highlands.  Also locally known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel, it was built between the years of 1904 and 1907 and is one of the architectural highlights in the region.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Jaszczurowka,  Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Jaszczurowka,  Local high school students had visited here. After they left, I went into the chapel.            Inside the interior there are stained glass windows that represent both Polish and Lithuanian national emblems.  (Also of note is the fact that the wooden construction of the chapel was built without nails.)

Jaszczurowka Chapel

If you want to stop in for a visit, the chapel is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with a regular mass schedule on Sundays.

It is there, where everyone can see the work of brilliant master-carpenters.

There is a morn by men unseen—
Whose maids upon remoter green
Keep their Seraphic May—
And all day long, with dance and game,
And gambol I may never name—
Employ their holiday.

Here to light measure, move the feet
Which walk no more the village street—
Nor by the wood are found—
Here are the birds that sought the sun
When last year’s distaff idle hung
And summer’s brows were bound.

Ne’er saw I such a wondrous scene—
Ne’er such a ring on such a green—
Nor so serene array—
As if the stars some summer night
Should swing their cups of Chrysolite—
And revel till the day—

Like thee to dance—like thee to sing—
People upon the mystic green—
I ask, each new May Morn.
I wait thy far, fantastic bells—
Unto the different dawn!

Emily Dickinson

2 thoughts on “Wooden Churches of Southern Lesser Poland

  1. Your photos are beautiful. We are planning a trip to Poland in the fall and have been searching for info on these wooden gems. We hope to find them open when we visit. Thank you so much for sharing. And the Dickenson poem was a beautiful addition!

    • Thank you for your comment. I am glad that my blog helped you. I love to walk in the quite countryside, Poland. And I hope for your pleasant trip to Poland. Have a safe trip, Christina.

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