Lipnica Murowana, St. Leonard’s Church

Lipnica Murowana, St. Leonard’s Church

The church in Lipnica is one of the most famous historic buildings in Małopolska. Bein one of the oldest and best preserved wooden sacred buildings in the province, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2003. The church was erected towards the end of the 15th century, although local tradition connects it with the year 1141, where a wooden church was to be built where a pagan temple once stood. Today, the small, compact edifice merges with the beautiful landscape. It is guarded by mighty trees surrounded with old cemetery graves. The church has survived in an almost unchanged form. The only two changes were the addition of "soboty" arcades in the 17th century, and a western portal added in the 19th century.

The interior is breathtaking, on account of an ornament and figural polychrome from different periods that occupies the entire wall. The oldest decoration (that of the chancel ceiling from the end of the 15th century, and the nave ceiling from the 16th century) was performed with the use of special stencils known as patrons. Chancel wall paintings date back to the 17th century, while those in the nave come from the 18th century. Until recently, the interior was graced with three extremely precious Gothic altars (from the 15th and 16th centuries), which were unfortunately stolen. When they were retrieved, they were moved to the Diocesan Museum in Tarnów, while the church received their copies. One curiosity is the 17th century instrument – positive organ (a chest organ instrument), which is used during summer concerts.

St. Leonard’s Church, Lipnica Murowana 39, phone: +48 14 685 2601, 698641445; admission only with a guide: May–Jun and Sept–Oct, Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sundays and holidays 1pm–5pm, Jul–Aug, Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, Sundays and holidays 1pm–5pm; tickets: 3 PLN, concessions: 2 PLN.

Other local attractions
Brodziński Stones, a natural monument, which you can reach by walking from Rajbrot
on the Wooden Architecture Route in Gosprzydowa  and Rajbrot
Nowy Wiśnicz – a castle of the Kmita and Lubomirski magnate families, built as a pallazzo in fortezza, and the Koryznówka manor house with Jan Matejko’s biographical museum

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