“The renovation of sacral historic objects of wooden architecture of Greater Poland”

One of the main aims of the Poznan Archdiocese and of the parishes belonging to it is to sustain the cultural heritage and the achievements of Christianity. The renovation is funded with the financial resources of the parishes, with the offerings from the faithful and with the financial support from both the government and the European Union and EEA.

The project: “The renovation of sacral historic objects of wooden architecture of Greater Poland – chapter II” co-funded with the European Union’s resources as part of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020, conducted in years 2016-2020, has included 10 valuable historic wooden churches placed on the route of the Scenic Route of Wooden Temple Architecture of the Great Poland designated by the Poznań Archdiocese. These temples are in the following places: Bagrowo, Buk, Łęki Wielkie, Łomnica, Mączniki, Oborniki Wlkp., Słopanowo, Zakrzewo near Rawicz, Domachowo and Jezierzyce Kościelne. Each of them is a priceless token of remembrance and a testament of the history of our region. Chiefly, the temples were erected in the 18th century; however slightly older equipment is to be sometimes found inside. Though surprising it may seem, it is a fact that recently the date of construction of one of the churches, St Michael’s Church in Domachowo, has been estimated as the 14th century.

The wooden churches of the Great Poland are characterised with unique construction solutions, magnificent iconography, rich equipment, which renders them a pearl of sacral wooden architecture, not rarely hidden in less known locations of the Great Poland.

Renovation work in the temples mentioned hereabove has been conducted as part of the project, which has given the temples and the relics inside them a new shine. Thanks to the effort made, one can admire in the churches i.a. refurbished altars, baptisteries, biblical polichrome, figures and paintings, and the temples themselves can aspire to being the cultural hubs in their villages and their vicinity. The refurbished temples will undoubtedly become exceptional places, in which liturgy is celebrated, but they will also constitute important and educational spots on the map of Poland.

The acts performed as part of the project will contribute to directing attention towards the beauty and the priceless value of historic wooden temples and will undoubtedly impact the development of tourism industry in the Great Poland.

The calendar of events will be updated regularly on the web page of the project: www.drewnianekoscioly.pl and on the web pages of the parishes.