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Orawa, Podhale, Spisz and Pieniny

Orawa, Podhale, Spisz and Pieniny

The picturesque landscape of Orawa, Podhale, Spisz and Pieniny hide numerous pearls of architecture, while the Wooden Architecture Route allows you to see almost 50 such buildings. Local sacred cultural heritage looks particularly impressive, as the silhouettes of shingled churches beautifully harmonise with the mountain landscape. The bestknown wooden church in the region is the one in Dębno Podhalańske, which is inscribed on the UNESCO heritage list. Nevertheless, other churches are not far behind in terms of craftsmanship. It is defi nitely worth having a look inside these churches, especially that some of them are open to visitors between May and September (usually: Thu 2pm–6pm, Fri 2pm–6pm, Sat 10am–2pm). This concerns the churches in the following towns and villages: Bukowina Tatrzańska, Grywałd, Jurgów, Lachowice, Łopuszna, Nowy Targ. The mountain region also boasts some interesting, locally diverse examples of rural architecture. Some beautiful Podhale region cottages can be seen in the village of Chochołów, while the heritage park in Zubrzyca Górna has some characteristic Orava style buildings. One uniquely charming town is Szczawnica, famous for its elegant spa villas, while in Zakopane, visitors can admire houses built in the style created by Stanisław Witkiewicz.

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