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Dębno Podhalańskie, St. Michael Archangel Church

Dębno Podhalańskie, St. Michael Archangel Church

The wooden church in Dębno, known as the Pearl of Podhale, is surrounded by a circle of old trees and dates back to the 15th century. The exact date of construction is unknown, but it is assumed to be 1490. The tower, crowned with a pyramid-shaped dome, was added in 1601. The stylish, harmonious body of the church hides magnificent, unique polychromes from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. Colourful decorative paintings featuring different motifs cover all ceilings and walls (except for the whitewashed fragments of nave walls), and even the choir platform, the pulpit and the benches. The polychrome was created with the use of stencils, while the width of the strip corresponds with the wall logs and ceiling planks. The church has very precious furnishings. Particular attention shoud be paid to Gothic main altar – a painted triptych from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, and the 14th century crucifix on the rood beam. In 2003, UNESCO appreciated the unique nature of the church and inscribed it on its World Heritale List.

St. Michael Archangel Church, ul. Kościelna 42, Dębno Podhalańskie, phone: +48 18 275 1797; group visits only: Mon–Fri 9am–12pm and 2pm–4.30pm, Sat 9am–12pm; admission free – donations welcome.

Other local attractions
Białka Gorge nature reserve offering a wonderful hiking area of great nautral interest

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