Ending our exploration of Saints Philip and James Church, Sekowa, off we go for the last Wooden Church of the day, St Paraskeva Church in Kwiatoń.
St Paraskeva Church is located in Kwiatoń, a village in Gorlice County, in the southern of Poland that is close to the border of Slovakia. It lies approximately 4 km east of Uscie Gorlickie, 15 km south of Gorlice and 108 km south-east of Krakow.
Originally an Orthodox Catholic Church, St Paraskeva Church is now a Roman Catholic Auxiliary Church that arose in the second half of the 17th Century. It is said that during one of the war in the surrounding mountainous area of Kwiatoń, St Paraskeva Church has agreed to be part of the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Church, making it a classic example of Lemko Church architecture and is known as one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in Poland today.
The surrounding area is very quiet and peaceful without much population due to its historical background where war between several bordering countries happen and every country claiming the residence of the area as their nationals. It all ended when the Polish sent truckloads to bring the people into safely within Krakow, the capital city back then.
While the external of St Paraskeva Church was erected using log construction with shingled walls and roofs, the interior contains poly-chrome work with figurative and ornamental motifs dating from 1811. It had managed to retained its fitting intact: an iconostasis by M. Bagdanski from 1904 while the chapel 19th century main alter and two side altars are decorated with Madonna with Child and the Deposition.
Orthodox Catholic Church is the second largest Christian Church with over 250 million members. Known as one of the oldest religious institutions in the world, Orthodox Catholic Church has played a prominent role in the history and culture of Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
And this ends our educational explorations of the Wooden Churches in Poland. It was indeed a very fruitful tour thanks to the arrangement by Poland Active . Our tour guide were indeed very passionate and very knowledgeable in this area.
After our late lunch stop, we head back to Krakow where we were dropped at the apartment by our friendly driver.