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Sękowa, Church of Sts. Philip and Jacob the Apostles

Sękowa, Church of Sts. Philip and Jacob the Apostles

It is impossible not to be delighted by the church in Sękowa. The extremely tall, shingle-covered roof and wide “soboty” arcades, together with the square-shaped tower with a domed helmet, create a picture-postcard view. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Małopolska, whose basic body was created around 1520, and although the building was extensively damaged during World War I, it was rescued, and eventually (2003) inscribed on the UNESCO list. The characteristically simple interior is very peaceful. The only element with rich ornamentation is the late Renaissance main altar. On the southern wall of the chancel, you can still see fragments of a 19th century polychrome.

Church of Sts. Philip and Jacob the Apostles, Sękowa, phone: +48 18 351 8169; opening hours: May–Sept, Fri 12pm–4pm, Sat 10am–2pm, Sun 12pm–4pm.

Other local attractions
Orthodox churches located on the Wooden Architecture Route in the nearby villages of Ropica Górna and Owczary
Szymbark, a wooden church from 1782 and the Skansen Wsi Pogórzańskiej heritage park presenting traditional, historic architecture characteristic for the Gorlice area, including cottages, a smithy, an oil mill and a manor house 
World War I cemeteries in Gorlice and in Łużna on the Pustki hill,

 

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