Wood you believe it! Spectacular wooden churches lovingly restored to their former glory

The church of St. Catherine and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Łęki Wielkie was first mentioned in 1298 and under the programme the main altar, side altars, wooden pulpit, walls and ceiling all received attention. Drewnianekoscioly.pl

A project to restore 10 historical wooden churches in the Wielkopolska region, has recently been completed.

The project which cost a little over 12 million PLN was co-financed by the European Union, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Archdiocese of Poznań started at the end of 2016.

The newly renovated churches will now become part of the ‘Tourist Trail of Wooden Churches of Wielkopolska’.

There are also plans for a separate educational and cultural programme entitled ‘Tales of the Korniks’, which will include concerts, music and literary workshops and thematic exhibitions.

The church of St. Lawrence in Łomnica was built in 1770 by Edward Garczyński, who was the owner of the Łomnica estate.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The restoration works included the extravagant decorations on the ceilings and walls, as well as two side altars, two confessionals, stalls and balustrade.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The church of St. Catherine in Bagrów was mentioned in  the Liber Beneficiorum of 1510 but it is unknown exactly when the church was built.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The church fell into ruin in 1677 when it was handed over to the Franciscans from Poznań who used it until 1822.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The newly renovated churches will now become part of the ‘Tourist Trail of Wooden Churches of Wielkopolska’.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

St. Lawrence in Mączniki was first built in 1404 but after a fire destroyed the church it was rebuilt in 1700. Renovation works included the main altar, the wooden ceiling, the pulpit and the mural on the eastern wall among other things.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The map shows the locations of the churches which have been restored under the programme.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The church St. Klemens in Zakrzewo was originally built in 1610, with extensions and other working continuing for over a century until 1730 when the interior was painted.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The paintings on the wooden interior were just part of the restorations which included the main altar, the baptismal font, the pulpit, figures and sculptures.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The St. Cross in Buk was built by the Bishop of Poznań in 1609 and had damaged wood on the exterior of the church replaced as part of the renovations.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

In 1966 Teodor Szukała repainted four scenes from the life of St. Wojciech as well as the figures of Saints Jadwiga, Kazimierz, Wojciech and Stanisław.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The traditional looking wood lattices on white walls maybe the iconic image of wooden churches in Poland and this pristine example can be found in Oborniki.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The church of St. Cross in Oborniki also has a stunning interior, colourful ceiling and splendid painted decorations all around.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The St. Michael the Archangel church in Domachów is the oldest known preserved wooden church in Poland having been built in 1368/9.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

As well as the restoration work the church was fumigated and elements were dewormed to protect against deterioration in the future.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The Church of St. Nicholas in Słopanów had the main altar, side altars, sculptures from the rainbow arch and organs restored as part of the project.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

The small church has a beautiful rustic interior with the walls and ceiling all forming part of one intricate flowing painting.Drewnianekoscioly.pl

Another church of St. Michael the Archangel is in Jezierzyce Kościelne, the distinctive mix of wood and concrete make a visually striking building. The main and side altar have been restored as well as the pulpit and neo-baroque organ.Drewnianekoscioly.pl