The saints come marching in: The wooden churches of Poland

2019-04-25 16:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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While most churches around Europe are built from stone and other hard materials, Poland's traditional wooden churches have stood the test of time.

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Poland that protect these churches - some hailing from the medieval era - and despite wars and neglect have managed to remain through the religious determination of the communities they serve.

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The one heritage site is inscribed as the Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska - these Roman Catholic churches were built by noble families as heritage statuses during the Middle Ages.

The other transnational site is the Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine - churches built by Orthodox and Greek Catholic communities with intricate and grande designs where faith and local tradition intertwine.

But the wooden church building traditions lived on well into the middle of the 20th century, and when in Poland make sure you check out at least a few of these wonders of craftmanship.

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