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The Wooden Architecture route in Bartne end Bodaki (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)


Bodaki - 1902 - the Greek Catholic Paris Church
* Bodaki - 1932 - the Filial Orthodox Church
* Bartne - 1842 - the Greek Catholic Parish Church
* Bartne - 1928-29 - the Orthodox Parish Church 

   The village of Bartne has Lemko buildings
, characteristic for the entire Lemko region. The typical old Lemko house was the so-called “chyża”„,”  which contained the whole household and farm under one roof. The building was divided by a threshing floor; on one side were the living quarters, while on the other was the stable, cowshed or sheepfold. The attics were most often used as places for storing the hay or corn. The houses were usually thatched. The walls were painted sky-blue, the windows decorated by borders with large black or white spots, and the space between the beams was white-washed with lime. The richest decoration is found in the East Lemko region.
Photo (Jan, Zakapior)


The Wooden Architecture route the Sękówka Valley Route... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

 * Bielanka - 1773
* Męcina - 1638

* Ropica Górna - 1813
* Gładyszów
- 1938
* Gładyszów - 1857
* Zdynia 
- 1786
* Konieczna - 1903


The Wooden Architecture route in Szymbark (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)


- The Greek Catholic Parish Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God - 1790-1821
- The Auxiliary Church of St. Adalbert - 1782
- Kasztel Gładyszów

   The Folk Building Centre in Szymbark, a branch of the Courts of the Karwacjans and Gładyszes Museum, has since September 1987 displayed  an exhibition of the folk building and culture of the inhabitants of Pogórze Gorlickie. It consists of over a dozen buildings dating from the end of the C19th and the beginning of the C20th, which are fitted out with their old furniture and appliances. Other attractions are the windmills from the early C20th, brought from Kryg and Ropa. Next to the renaissance castle stands an early C20th wooden manor house from Gorlice, the so called “drogomistrzówka”, inside of which an exhibition of courtly life has been set up.

Photo (Jan, Zakapior)


The Wooden Architecture route the Ropa Valley Route... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

* Wysowa Zdój
   The Orthodox Church of St. Michael the Archangel (previously a Greek Catholic Church) was erected in (1779) on the site of a previous church which
burnt down in
(1777) during fighting between the  Bar Confederates and the Russian Army. The church belongs to the group of West Lemko religious buildings. Originally it was tripartite but it is now a bipartite building - in 1910 the nave was enlarged to include the porch. The neo gothic polychrome decoration dates from 1912-13. The interior contains a complete C18th baroque iconostasis, while the north side of the nave has a baroque side alter with an icon of Our Lady.
Zakapior, Bohdan Zhukiewicz (photo bo, zakapior)
translated by Justyna Rymarowicz

 * Wysowa Zdój - 18th
* Wysowa Zdój - 1936-38
* Hańczowa
- 19th
* Skwirtne - 1837
* Uście Gorlickie
- 1786
* Przysłup - 1756
* Nowica
- 1642


The Wooden Architecture route - Pogórzanie (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

 * Ptaszkowa - 1555
* Wilczyska - 1605
* Szalowa
- 1736
* Ropa
- 1761
* Rożnowice - 1756
* Libusza
- 1513 - niestety ten piękny kościółek spłonął doszczętnie

photo -, Bohdan Zhukiewicz (Jan, zakapior, bo)
Bohdan Zhukiewicz


The Wooden Architecture route in Stary end Nowy Sącz (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)
   The wooden buildings
that have been preserved in Stary Sącz - (1257) date from the (mid-C19th)  they are wide-façade buildings with a manor house feel as well as free-standing rural houses. The latter have interesting gates with an unusual arrangement of planks on the door frame surface, or panel decoration. The buildings on the market square consist of bourgeois brick houses from the end of the C18th, built after the town fire of 1795. Among the most beautiful is the C17th “Dom na Dołkach” (“House on the Pits”), erected from stone and covered by a shingled roof. One precious Stary Sącz wooden building is the Szekler Gate  a gift from the Szeklers of Transylvania for John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of St. Kinga.
Bohdan Zhukiewicz


The Wooden Architecture route in Krynica Zdrój end Tylicz end Powroźnik (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

Krynica Zdrój
   The health resort buildings
date from the second half of the (C19th). They consist of grand wooden villas,  modeled on the architecture of Alpine health resorts and often recalling the so-called Swiss style, but also including features of native building styles. They were built using log-construction or post-frame construction, and possess extensive porches supported on pillars, and balconies with decorative balustrades.
The oldest of the buildings is the pump room.
   The “Romanówka” villa
was built in the middle of the C19th as a holiday guest house in the growing Krynica health resort.  It fulfilled this function for over 100 years. After being moved to its current location and the interior being adapted, the building was opened in 1994 as the Nikifor Museum / “Romanówka” Art Gallery, a branch of the District Museum in Nowy Sącz. In it you can marvel at the paintings of Epifian Drowniak, the famous naive painter and Lemko known as Nikifor Krynicki. The architecture of the villa, built in the so-called Swiss style, is an example of the health-resort’s eclecticism.
* The
Auxiliary Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Our Lady - 1863
* The Filial Greek Catholic Church of the Protection of the Mother of God - 1887-88

Bohdan Zhukiewicz
Photo (Jan, Zakapior)

* The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
- 1612
* The Greek Catholic Parish Church of St. Cosmas - 1743

* Powroźnik

    The Greek Catholic Parish Church of St. Jacob the Younger (currently a Roman Catholic Parish Church) was built in 1600 and is therefore the oldest Orthodox Church in the Polish Carpathians. It was repeatedly repaired, and in 1813-14, after a flood, it was moved to its current location. The interior layout is tripartite with square rooms. The walls of the sacristy are covered by precious figurative polychrome from 1607. The rich church fittings include an iconostasis from 1743-44, currently partially dismantled, an C18th baroque side altar with a painting of Christ at the Column, and many valuable icons including The Last Judgment from 1623.

Photo (Jan, Zakapior)


The Wooden Architecture route in Pieniny... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)
Szczawnica Zdrój - 1413
   It is to the complex of Spa Buildings in the Swiss-Tyrol style that the town owes the beauty of the upper,” spa part of the town. The most precious buildings are gathered around Dietla Sq. whose appearance has remained almost unchanged since 1866. The following wooden villas stand out: “Szwajcarka” (Swiss) from 1852, “Holenderka” (Dutch) from 1853 and “Pałac” (Palace) from 1864. Below Dietla Sq. Jan Wiktor Street leads towards the church, and has an interesting complex of spa villas from the second half of the C19th. Also charming are the Górny (Upper) and Dolny (Lower) Parks. In the former there is a chapel, the wooden villas “Brat” (brother) and “Siostra” (sister) and the remains of the Gościnny (Guest) Manor House.

* Grywałd - the Auxiliary Church of St. Martin - C15th
* Sromowce Niżne - St. Catherine’s Church - 1513
Niedzica, the architectural features of Polana Sosny (The Pine-tree Clearing) - 1700-1800
Niedzica, the Granary - C18th
Czorsztyn - Kluszkowce, Tourist Settlement - 1990
* Maniowy the Cemetery Chapel of St. Sebastian - 1722

Krościenko nad Dunajcem - 1251
   The buildings date from the (C19th). The most valuable are those on the south frontage of the rectangular market square - four houses from the first half of the C19th, set gable-end on to the square and sharing common walls. Noteworthy are the houses from the second half of the C19th which are more imposing and have more floors, displaying spa architecture. Whereas in the Zawodzie district on Zdrojowa Street there are a number of 1930s log-construction wooden buildings, built to fulfill the needs of the growing spa. Characteristic of this architecture is the rich carpentry decoration of the porches and columned balconies.
Bohdan Zhukiewicz, Zakapior


Zakopane... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   * The Parish Church of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
in Harenda was erected in 1719 in Zakrzów, but in 1947-48 was  transferred to Zakopane. The log construction walls are vertically boarded and moulded. The fittings include three C18th baroque wooden altars, brought from Książ Wielki to replace the destroyed Zakrzów ones. The paintings for all of the altars are the work of Władysław Jarocki. The church interior is covered by late-baroque polychrome depicting, among other things, the figures of St. Anne and St. John the Baptist, completed in the C18th by unknown guild painters, and supplemented in 1948-1950 with new motifs by Władysław Jarocki.

> The "Harenda Villa", - 1920,
> The "Koliba" Villa
, Kościeliska St. 18, - 1892-93,
> The complex of Goral wooden buildings, Kościeliska St.
- C19th,
* The Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
in Jaszczurówka - 1904-07,
> The complex of folk wooden architecture
, characteristic of Skalne Podhale in Chochołów - C19th,
> The Bafia Peasant - Chochołów Uprising Museum - 1798,
* The Church of Our Lady of the Scapular in Witów
- 1910-12.


Spisz, Podhale... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   * The Cemetery Church of St. Anne
in Nowy Targ arose, or so claims the tradition, in 1219, and was founded by robbers who plundered a painting of St. Anne in Hungary before placing it into the church altar. The date given appears false, as the current parish is first mentioned in the C14th. The building was erected using log construction. The interior walls of the church are covered by polychrome decoration applied by the local painter Hipolit Lipiński in 1880. Figurative scenes have been painted on the walls while the vaulting has coffers with rosettes. The church fittings include the main altar from the first half of the C18th and a painting of the Great Family (1516).

* Harklowa - the Parish Church of the Nativity of the BVM
- 1500
* Łopuszna - the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity
- 15th
> Łopuszna, the Manor House Estate - 1787-90
* Trybsz - St. Elizabeth’s Church - 1567
> Jurgów, the complex of shelters in the Podokólne Clearing
- 1879
> Jurgów, the Sołtys Farm House - Spiš Folk Culture Museum - 1861
* Jurgów - the
Parish Church of St. Sebastian and Our Lady of the Rosary - 1675
* Białka Tatrzańska - the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus the Apostles - 1700
* Bukowina Tatrzańska - the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 1887-1900
> Bukowina Tatrzańska...


Orawa... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

* The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist
in Orawka was erected in 1650-59 on the initiative of the first local rector, Father Jan  Szczechowicz. It is a log-construction, shingled building. A brick chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows was added to the chancel in 1728. The church is distinguished by rich polychrome decoration from the second half of the C17th and 1771, which covers the walls and some of the furnishings. It consists of a series of cycles, the most beautiful of which is a cycle of 12 paintings depicting scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist, as well as scenes from the Ten Commandments. Particularly noteworthy is the late-baroque main altar with a Pieta and statues of St. Adalbert and St. Stanisław.

- The Józef Żak Heritage Park
in Zawoja Markowa,
* The Parish Church of St. Clement the Pope and Martyr in Zawoja - 1888,
- The Orawa Ethnographic Park
in Zubrzyca Górna,
- The Regional Museum in Sidzina.


Podbeskidzie... (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

The Rome Inn
in Sucha Beskidzka,

- was erected in the mid-C18th, with the consent of the old landlords of the location the Wielopolskis, when Sucha,
 gaining privileges and the right to, for example, hold fairs, became a trading settlement. It is a single storey log-construction building, covered by a hipped roof with a characteristic ridge and arcades at the front. The name Rome Inn draws on the legend of Mr. Twardowski (a Faust-like figure) and the ballad written by Adam Mickiewicz. Currently the tavern contains a restaurant serving Old-Polish and regional dishes.

* The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
in Lachowice - 1789-91,
* The old Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene
in Rabka
- 1606,
* The Church of the Holy Cross “on Obidowa” in Rdzawka - 1757,
* The Church of St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus in Łętownia - 1760-65,
* St. Adalbert’s Parish Church in Krzeczów - C18th.


The Wooden Architecture route in Dąbrowa Tarnowska (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   All Saints’ Church
- in Dąbrowa Tarnowska (1771) under the patronage of the canon of Kraków, Kajetan Potocki.  The three-nave church is an interesting example of baroque wooden architecture, recalling brick models. This basilica church possesses two chapels which form a transept. The interior, divided into naves by arcades, is covered by false vaulting. There is polychrome decoration in the late-baroque tradition which dates from the second half of the C19th. The majority of the fitting are rococo and date from the C18th. The oldest and most valuable work of art in the church is the C15th/C16th late-gothic crucifix.


The Wooden Architecture route in Wierzchosławice (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   The “Wincenty Witos House” Museum
in Wierzchosławice is a peasant’s farm house built by the “leader from Wierzchosławice” himself. He built the farm house on land he received with his wife’s dowry. The farm known as the Witos farm by the village inhabitants consists of a complex of wooden buildings arranged in a square: these are, a residence, a stable containing the permanent historical exhibition and museum office, two barns (one has an exhibition of the flags of peasant parties and organizations) and a cellar.


The Wooden Architecture route in Wojnicz (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   St. Leonard’s Church
in Wojnicz
dates from the second half of the (C16th) and has come down to the present day almost unaltered. It is a single-nave building built using log construction and covered by a single-ridge roof. In the nave you can see false arched vaulting with coffering, while in the chancel there is a flat ceiling. The interior of the church is decorated by three neo-renaissance altars from the end of the C19th. The main altar contains four copies of C16th renaissance paintings, depicting: The Annunciation of the BVM and St. Leonard with chains, aith on the right St. Catherine, and on the left St Helena.


The Wooden Architecture route in Tarnów (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)


* The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1563 - 89

* The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
known as “on the Burek” (the church is dedicated to: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the parish is dedicated to: Our Lady of the Scapular) was erected before (1458), on the Wątok stream. It is one of the oldest wooden churches in Małopolska (Lesser Poland). The pillar spire with a bell house, capped by a spherical cupola and lantern, was added in 1910. Inside, the flat coffered ceilings (in the nave) are covered by polychrome decoration from the 1930s  the work of Tadeusz Terlecki. On the north wall of the chancel you can make out the remnants of late renaissance ornamental polychrome from the C16th-C17th. The rococo main altar dates from the second half of the C18th, and its central panel has a C16th painting of Madonna with Child.


The Wooden Architecture route in Zawada (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   St. Martin’s Parish Church in Zawada (C15th) stands on the crest of a hill. The church interior has impressive C20th  polychrome decoration figurative on the ceilings and ornamental on the walls. The oldest fitting elements are the four late-gothic bas-reliefs on the choir parapet. Another precious relic is the late-gothic crucifix from the beginning of the C16th. The early-baroque main altar from the first half of the C17th contains a painting of St. Martin which also dates from the same period. A curiosity is the chain, hung between the nave and chancel, which was probably produced by a blind pastor from a single piece of wood.


The Wooden Architecture route in Skrzyszów (Way of Wooden Architecture from Malopolska)

   The Parish Church of St. Stanisław the Bishop in Skrzyszów was erected in (1517), and in the C18th the nave was enlarged and a pillar spire with  a gallery surrounding the bell house (a hourdis) was added. Towards the end of the C18th two large chapels, female and male, were added to the nave, forming a transept. The church walls and ceiling are covered by art nouveau polychrome from 1907 along with the remnants of older polychrome: late-gothic from around 1517 and rococo from 1777. Among the oldest and most interesting fitting elements are the late-gothic choir stalls in the chancel (turn of the C16th), on which you can make out the Tarnowski crest of arms - the Leliwa.


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