Photographer's Note

It is church on lists UNESCO (united nations educational, scientific and cultural organization)
Antique of class "0" from 3 july 2003 year.

Debno Podhalanskie – The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, erected in the second half of the 15th century, together with its polychromy and interior decorations, is one of the best-preserved medieval churches.
Among the over 800 wooden churches on Polish soil that have been entered into the registry of historical monuments, the churches of South Małopolska constitute a special “enclave,” situated in an area where two cultures – the Roman Catholic West and the Orthodox South – meet. The selected churches are the best-preserved Gothic log churches in Małopolska. Their characteristically shaped structures harmoniously blend with the natural landscape and combine functional considerations with the requirements of the harsh, piedmont climate. Their unusually steep roofs and soboty (“Saturday shelters” formed by roof-like projections [and intended for worshippers awaiting the Sunday mass – translator’s note]) conceal exceptionally beautiful and richly decorated interiors.
The polychromy in the churches is seen as particularly valuable, forming one of the most important collections of wall paintings, exceptional in their well-developed themes and iconography, while at the same time representing a variety of techniques and a high level of workmanship and artistry.
The essential value of the selected group of churches lies in the artistic combination of architectural elements with works of fine art.

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