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The Wooden Architecture route - Pogórzanie
By Pogranicze Media
Published: 10.01.2010

 * Ptaszkowa - 1555
* Wilczyska - 1605
* Szalowa
- 1736
* Ropa
- 1761
* Rożnowice - 1756
* Libusza
- 1513

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

* Sękowa
 The church of St Philip and St James the Apostles,
- is one of the most beautiful monuments of wooden architecture in Poland. It was erected at the beginning of the 16" century what is testified by a late gothic baptismal font in the form of a chalice with an engraved date 1522.  The characteristic silhouette of the church is unique due to the steep roof joining the roofs of the arcading (the so-called soboty) and finally almost reaching the ground. Among interesting architectural details there is a late gothic portal and windows in the choir closed with keel arches. The most valuable furnishings of the church are as follows: panel painting in the high alter depicting saints Nicholas, Anthony and Bernard of Siena dated to the 16" century and an old relief over the mensal with the presentation of Death of Virgin Mary surrounded by the Apostles.
     Since 1883 art historians and conservators demonstrated a great interest in the church. It is depicted in the drawings of Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer, Władysław Tetmajer and other artists of the epoch.
   During the First World War Austrian and Hungarian army devastated the church thoroughly, demolishing it to strengthen the trenches and for making fire; the furnishing were also destroyed completely. Immediately after the military actions stopped senator Władysław Długosz started, and most probably financed, the reconstruction of the church.

* Binarowa
    The Parish Church of St. Michael the Archangel was erected
in around 1500. It is a log building surrounded by a covered veranda (soboty),  with a post-frame construction spire added in 1596. The interior is a decorative art gallery: the ceiling has precious paintings from the beginning of the C16th, while the walls have baroque biblical cycles and in the chapel there is unique polychrome decoration from 1655. The most precious church fittings are the gothic sculptures dating from the end of the C14th: Madonna with Child, and the bas-reliefs of St. Margaret, St. Dorothy, St. Catherine and St. Barbara, found in the side altars. In 2003 the church was entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Bohdan Zhukiewicz


The Wooden Architecture route in Krynica Zdrój end Tylicz end Powroźnik
By Pogranicze Media
Published: 10.12.2009

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 Stary end Nowy Sącz
By Pogranicze Media
Published: 10.06.2009

Bohdan Zhukiewicz

   The Ethnographic Park, District Museum in Nowy Sącz.

   The wooden buildings
that have been preserved in Stary Sącz 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.


The Wooden Architecture route in Krościenko n/Dunajcem end Szczawnica Zdrój
By Pogranicze Media
Published: 10.05.2009

Bohdan Zhukiewicz

Szczawnica Zdrój

Krościenko nad Dunajcem
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.


The Wooden Architecture route in Sromowce Niżne
By pogranicze
Published: 10.04.2009

   St. Catherine’s Church in Sromowce Niżne probably arose in 1513. Towards the end of the 1980s a new brick church was erected which took over the function of the parish church. The old church was built using log construction with vertically boarded and molded walls. The nave and chancel are the same width and are covered by a uniform shingled polygonal roof. The interior ceilings are flat. A precious relic is the gothic triptych from the end of the C14th with a copy of a sculpture of Madonna with Child. Two wings of a C15th triptych and a C16th wooden gothic font were moved to the new church.


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