Chotyniec Greek Catholic Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God.

  Chotyniec      (+48) 505 003 609     31 Aug 2023
One of the oldest and finest examples of wooden religious architecture in Poland, the tserkva in Chotyniec was first built around 1600. After the deportation of the local population in the 1940s, it was briefly used as a Roman Catholic church before being abandoned and falling into disrepair. After the Greek Catholic Church regained the right to function, the tserkva was eventually returned to the faithful in 1990 and is one of the few in use today. In 2013 it was added to the UNESCO list.

A rare example of a tserkva with a gallery running along the perimeter of its interior chapel, the church also features a unique external gallery above the skirt roof of the old chapel. There are two entrances, one on the south side, and another on the western side via a vestibule which was added later and disrupts the overall harmony of the original design. The interiors have mostly been preserved and include a fascinating polychrome from 1735 of the Last Judgement - complete with winged demons - which covers almost the entire southern wall of the nave. The iconostasis from the 1600s has been renovated and includes prominent icons of the Holy Mother and St. Nicholas. Though the original belfry was destroyed, a 17th century example from the village of Torki was moved here. The perfect time to get a church tour is after Sunday Mass (11:00-12:00).


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