Photographer's Note

The church in Debno Podhalanskie, a splendid testimony of Polish culture and of Podhale people's capability, is numbered among the highest-class monuments.
This Gothic church was built of larch wood in the middle of the 15th century. Its structure was joined by notching and reinforced with spiles, but with no nails.
The interior of the church is very precious. It contains many items dating back to 15 century, among them:
The wall-painting is a polychromy which dates back to the end of the 15th century. It was made in Gothic style with 33 colours and 77 different patterns, also Persian and Chinese ones, and with a Jagellonian eagle above the Cross. The paintings have kept their fastness for 500 years up to the present. The secret of colour fastness has never been found out.

The high altar has a superb triptych dating from the end of the 15th or beginning of the 16th century. It makes a good example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance art.
The beautiful crucifix on the rood-screen, so-called Tree of Life, dates back to 1380. The author availed himself of the natural cross-shape of a bough to make the crucifix.

The curious glockenspiel on the stairs of the high altar was made in the 15th century and is used instead of bells while a mass is said. Its thinner bar produces low notes and the thicker one high notes, i. e. against the law of physics.
Popular tradition says that Janosik, the greatest mountaineer hero, often used to be in this church.

The church is not only the historic monument but is still used for religious purposes - for more than 500 years.

Note on the photo the interesting rosary with stone beads.

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