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Former Greek Catholic Filial Tserkva of Archangel Michael

Tserkva of Archangel Michael was built in 1719. It lost the status of a parish church in the late 1700s. Following that it functioned as an independent vicariate, part of the parish in Ułazów, and in 1846 it was affiliated to the tserkva in Cewków.

It was remodelled or redecorated a number of times during the 1800s. Subsequently it was thoroughly reconstructed in 1930. A new narthex was built at the time and the dome over the nave was changed.

After the Greek-Catholic population was forcefully relocated from here in 1944–1947 the church was taken over by Roman Catholics and transformed into a filial chapel of the parish in Stary Dzików. After a new church was built here 1988–1991 the tserkva again was abandoned.

The landmark is an example of traditional archaic sacral architecture of old Ruthenia. The tripartite log building, oriented eastward, comprises a large sacristy adjoining the chancel. Over the nave there is an eight-panel dome on a tall drum. The other chambers are covered with double-pitched roofs. In the chancel we can see a coved flat ceiling, and in the narthex a false trapezoid ceiling. On the dome we can see a false roof lantern with onion-shaped cupola. The outer walls are clad with vertical wood planks with moulding.

Inside, wide openings lead from the narthex to the nave. The overhanging choir gallery is framed with a straight-line parapet. Relics of polychrome decorations can be seen on the ceiling. Elements of original furnishing practically have not been preserved.

Opposite the tserkva we can see the free-standing wooden belfry built before 1890. Nearby there is also a cemetery with tomb crosses made in Brusno, dating from the 19th-20th century.

 

Photos: Edyta Panek, Krzysztof Zajączkowski

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