The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Orthodox Church, Wołowiec

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The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Orthodox church in Wołowiec is an 18th-century structure in an abandoned village that once was home to about 20 people. One of its features is the magnificent polychrome, the oldest parts of which come from the 18th century. With its tented roof and onion-like finials, the church is typical for the western Lemko Region. Aside from the nave, the interior has flat ceilings. The iconostasis consists of several elements (currently combined), the majority of which are 17th-century icons. Above the feast ('prazdnik') icons, you can see icons of the Sundays between Pascha and Pentecost, which is a unique feature. Wołowiec only became a branch of the Orthodox Parish in the post-war period. Even before the 1946 displacement, the Warsaw Consistory instructed the Bartne parson to serve Wołowiec. On July 27, 1960, Wołowiec residents submitted a request signed by 38 people to the metropolitan chancellery in Warsaw, asking for Wołowiec to join the parish in Bartne. The request is preserved in our documents. The church is gradually being renovated with financial support of the Małopolska Voivodeship. You can view historical icons and banners (62 movable objects) in addition to the extraordinary polychrome and iconostasis.


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