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Małopolska Wooden Architecture Route

Małopolska Wooden Architecture Route

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Charming Catholic churches, lofty Orthodox churches, magnificent manor houses, elegant villas and simple, yet beautiful cottages… all made of wood. Such unique buildings can be admired on the Wooden Architecture Route.

In the Małopolska Province, the route covers over 1500 km and includes 255 various buildings and building complexes. The most famous among them are naturally those inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.These are however just a few examples from a plethora of incredibly valuable buildings located on the Małopolska route. It must be remembered that historic wooden architecture – an inherent element of the Polish landscape, is in fact best preserved in Małopolska. It merges beautifully with the local landscape – green valleys, picturesque hills and soaring mountain peaks.  All buildings on the Wooden Architecture Route have information boards, as well as road signs that will lead you to them. From May to September, as part of the “Open Wooden Architecture Route” project, some churches (including the Orthodox ones) are open to visitors. It is a unique opportunity to see what is normally inaccessible. Although the idea of the Wooden Architecture Route emerged at the end of 20th century, it wasn’t until 2008 when the route became more available to visitors. This was due to the idea of the Open Wooden Architecture Route. Why was this project called ‘open’? Because its main aim is to make the usually closed buildings available to visitors. Every year from May to September on certain days and in certain hours several dozen wooden churches, Orthodox churches, and mansion houses open their gates and show visitors a world they have not seen before. Impressed with the charm and atmosphere of these amazing places tourists follow the website www.drewniana.malopolska.pl with great interest so as not to miss any information about a series of concerts called “Muzyka Zaklęta w Drewnie” (Music in Magic Wood). Every year for 12 weeks concerts take place in churches placed on the UNESCO list and other chosen buildings in the Open Wooden Architecture Route. It’s impossible not to find anything for yourself! The programme offers a wide variety of music. Apart from early music it also offers jazz, dance performances or mystery plays. Those involved in the series of concerts and friends of the Route are remarkable and often world-class artists.

 

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