|St. Elizabeth's Church in Trybsz, photo by eM|
St. Elizabeth's Church in Trybsz is a part of the Wooden Architecture Route in Małopolska Region (Lesser Poland). It probably arose in 1567 funded by the local peasants or a head of a rural subdivision. The church was built using log construction with the walls, as well as the roof, covered by a wooden shingle.
The most important and characteristic feature of the church is late-baroque polychrome from 1647. It covers walls and ceiling with a paintings presenting biblical and Marian themes. They originated due to reintroduction of the Catholicism in Spiš.
The ceiling is covered with two scenes: the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Last Judgement. A background of the first one is the panoramic view of the Pieniny Mountains and of the second one - the Tatra Mountains. This is the first known representation of those mountains in Poland.
|The Pieniny Mountains in St. Elizabeth's Church, photo by Andrzej Śliwiński|
|The Tatra Mountains in St. Elizabeth's Church, photo by Andrzej Śliwiński|
The elements of the furnishings are also: fragment of the altar (XVI), a pulpit decorated with paintings and a wooden baptismal font.
Trybsz is a small village located 12 km south-east of Nowy Targ, 25 km north-east of Zakopane. The best way to get there is by car. You can also use a local transport - buses run from Nowy Targ (timetable). In order avoid a situation that you are standing in front of the church's closed door, you can visit it on sunday - after a mass in a nearby new St. Elizabeth's Church ask a priest for opening the old church.
|The altar in St. Elizabeth's Church, photo by Andrzej Śliwiński|
|The painted pulpit in St. Elizabeth's Church, photo by Andrzej Śliwiński|