Wooden churches of Opole Silesia
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Wooden churches of Opole Silesia

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Wooden churches of Opole Silesia

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Wooden churches of Opole Silesia

Wooden churches are a distinctive element of the rural landscape of Opole. Surrounded by old, well-kept cemeteries and magnificent trees, there have gathered inhabitants for centuries during services, unifying local communities around traditional rituals.

Most of the surviving 65 churches are located in the northern part of the voivodeship. These are mainly churches based on a log structure, on a rectangular floor plan, with a narrower chancel from the east, ending in a semi-hexagon (in older buildings, with a straight ending section) and a tower on the west built at a later time on the basis of a post-and-beam structure, covered with weatherboards or wood shingles. Occasionally there are aisleless churches, with the chancel of the same width as the nave. In towerless churches, a handsome steeple on the roof ridge constitutes a dominating element. The churches are covered with gable roofs: with one ridge, of various gradients over the nave and the chancel, or separate roofs over all of these sections. The covers of the towers are more diverse: four- and eight-pitched roofs of various heights, bulbous Baroque tented roofs, etc.

Rectangular sacristies are situated on the northern side, between the chancel and the nave. In Protestant church, on the upper storey of the sacristy there is a founders’ loge which once could be accessed by a separate entrance; loges, resting on posts, were present also in the interior and run along the walls of the nave. Unusual solutions are present in the church in Gościęcin, in which the northern wing of the transept forms a sacristy. Before the entrances to the church, there are porches complementing the church’s body, by the southern wall of the nave or by the western side of the tower.

              The interiors of the churches are considerably diverse: apart from lavishly decorated churches (Miechowa, Michalice, Maciejowice, Ochodze, Stare Olesno, Bąków, Bierdzany, Baborów), where in addition to painted ceilings and walls there are also sumptuous fittings, there are also modest ones, with walls covered with wood panelling. Nevertheless, a unique atmosphere and elusive spirit of this place can be sensed in all of them.

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Filial Church of St Martin and St Bartholomew; today cemetery church

Borki Wielkie

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Filial Church of St Mary Mary Magdalene

Boroszów

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Filial Church of St Roch

Dobrzeń Wielki

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Filial Church of St Nicholas and Our Lady of Częstochowa

Goła

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Filial Church of St Roch

Grodzisko

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Holy Trinity Church

Jaworzno

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Filial Church of St Barbara

Kolanowice

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Filial church, today the Parish of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Kozłowice

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Pilgrimage Church of St. Anne

Olesno

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Filial Church of St. Mary Magdalene

Zimna Wódka

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Filial Church of the Holy Trinity

Baldwinowice

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Parish Church of St Elizabeth of Hungary

Klucz

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Parish Church of St Michael Archangel

Michalice

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Filial Church of St Mary of the Snows

Olszowa

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Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene

Stare Olesno

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Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Uszyce

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Parish Church of St. Leonard

Wierzbie

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Cemetery Church of St. Barbara

Strzelce Opolskie

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Filial Church of St. Judas Thaddaeus

Przewóz

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Parish Church of St. Martin and Holy Mother Queen of the World

Ochodze

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Evangelical church, currently the Parish Church of St. Francis

Malnia

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Evangelical church, currently the Roman Catholic Filial Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Brzezinki

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Parish church, today Filial Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Chocianowice

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Evangelical church

Gierałcice

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Evangelical church, today the Roman Catholic Filial Church of Our Lady of Częstochowa

Krasowice

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Filial Church of the Heart of Jesus and St Jadwiga of Silesia

Komorzno

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Evangelical church

Maciejów

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Evangelical church, currently the filial Church of St. Peter and Paul

Rożnów

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Parish church, today Filial Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Krzyżowice

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Evangelical church, currently the Polish Catholic Parish Church of Apostles Peter and Paul

Obórki

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Evangelical church, currently the Roman-Catholic filial Church of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Radomierowice

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Cemetery Church of St Joseph

Baborów

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Cemetery Church of the Holy Cross

Głogówek

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Evangelical church, currently the filial Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Proślice

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Filial Church of St Lawrence

Laskowice

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Filial Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St Jacob

Lasowice Małe

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Filial Church of St. John the Baptist

Wędrynia

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Cemetery chapel

Dziergowice

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Parish Church of St Jadwiga

Bierdzany

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Pilgrimage Church of St Brice of Tours

Gościęcin

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kościół ewangelicki, ob. rzymskokatolicki filialny pw. św. Jana Chrzciciela

Gołkowice

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kościół filialny pw. Nawiedzenia Najświętszej Marii Panny i św. Jadwigi

Szczepanek

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kościół ewangelicki, ob. rzymskokatolicki pw. Matki Boskiej Królowej Polski

Jakubowice