Monday, April 29, 2013

Binarowa - the treasure on UNESCO list

Binarowa is a small village on a foothills of the mountains. The region is called Pogorze Ciezkowickie. Small village but hides a great treasure - the Church of St. Michael the Archangel. The site was enetered onto the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List thanks to the beautiful paintings covering the church from the inside. Indeed, the paintings are marvellous!

The Church of St. Michael the Archangel

The Art of Dying
The church was erected around 1500, is wooden, made in a late Gothic style. The painting decoration dates back to the 16th and 17th century. It is tightly covering the walls and ceiling of the nave and the presbitery what makes an unforgetable impression. The paintings is the piece of art made by an unknown artist. You find there a cycle of 21 scenes from The Passion of Christ, The Last Judgement, The Crossroads of Human Life and The Art of Dying.
The Lord's Prayer

What impressed me the most is the presentation of the Lord's Prayer. It is divided into several fragments. Each one shows an Angel and behind him scenes depicting the parts of the prayer. For example the words "And forgive us our trespasses" are presented by a person at the confession. Charming.

In the church stands an old confessional also decorated by the paintings. The funny thing is that it is so narrow that some priests have problems to fit in ;) That is why a new one was made. 

Other precious items of the church are the sculptures and the reliefs, the stone baptismal font (also Gothic), the main altarpiece, a pulpit and a chapel of Guardian Angels. The pipe organ will be under the restoration soon. 

Visiting the church is only possible with a priest or a guide. We met a wonderful guide - Mrs Malgorzata (we highly recommend!). She is a real passionate and thanks to her the place is so visitors-friendly.

Ceiling paintings

Sunday service: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00.
The church is on The Wooden Architecture Route. See other places on the route: Trybsz.

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