Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wooden Church of the Archangel Michael, Debno - POLAND - UNESCO #1053

Today I receive four beautiful cards from Poland. The first shows one of the several Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska region classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site since 2003. The Church of the Archangel Michael in Debno is first mentioned in 1335, the ceiling and the interior walls are painted using stencils from the 15th and 16th centuries. Thank you very much Sylwia, I was looking for a card of this site for a long time and thanks for using a extraordinary Karol Józef Wojtyła stamp (one of the most beautiful Pope stamps I've ever seen). This is my429th UNESCO WHS (still 578 missing). This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1053 - Wooden Church of the Archangel Michael, Debno - POLAND
The wooden churches of southern Little Poland represent outstanding examples of the different aspects of medieval church-building traditions in Roman Catholic culture. Built using the horizontal log technique, common in eastern and northern Europe since the Middle Ages, these churches were sponsored by noble families and became status symbols. 

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