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Former Greek-Catholic tserkva of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

The church standing along the right side of the road, close to the entrance to the village, was once a filial tserkva of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, built in 1841. After 1946 it was transformed into a Roman Catholic church of the Baptism of the Lord, a branch of the parish in Mrzygłód. The building was restored in 1978 and its interior was repainted by volunteers in the 1990s. 

The church, oriented towards the east, is divided into three sections; it comprises a narthex and a chancel enclosed on three sides. A brick sacristy was added on the eastern side of the chancel, and later another one – built of wood – was attached on the southern side. The narthex is preceded with a low post and beam type tower. The whole structure is clad with vertical wood boards. The stone foundations of the building are protected with sheet metal apron. The main entrance and the body of the church are covered with gabled roofs protected with sheet metal. The roof over the chancel ends with multiple slopes. There are two turrets – one above the nave and the other on top of the hip roof of the two-story tower adjoining the narthex. Over the chancel there is only a tiny pinnacle. Inside we can see flat ceilings, the gallery supported by two wooden pillars, with an arcaded parapet. The walls feature ornamental and figural polychrome paintings with architectural and plant motifs.

Inside we can see a three-part iconostasis from the 1800s. It features the sovereign icons of St. Nicholas, Mother of God and the Child (Hodegetria type), Christ the Teacher, and Archangel Michael. The chancel holds the high altar with a canopy and paintings from the 19th century. One of these is an interesting depiction of Christ on the Cross, with Adam and Eve standing at his feet. Christ is presented in a realistic, Latin-type form, but his feet are nailed to the cross separately, which is typical for Orthodox iconography.

To the west of the tserkva there is an old cemetery.


Photo: Krystian Kłysewicz


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