Blizne – All Saints Church

History

   The gothic church of All Saints in Blizne comes from the mid-15th century. Its tower is mentioned for the first time in the visiting documents of the Przemyśl bishop from 1646. It was an excellent observation point, perhaps due to the Tatar invasion of the Sanok region in 1624. Placing it at the main entrance to the temple, gave additional protection to the interior of the church, which during the armed invasions was a place of refuge for the inhabitants of the village. In 1744 the southern porch was added.

Architecture

   The whole church was erected from hewn fir logs, located on an oak foundation. According to the then valid scheme, the temple consists of one nave on a square-like view and a narrower, rectangular chancel with a rectangular sacristy attached to it from the north. Two entries are added to the church, enlarged over time: the main in the west wall and the second in the south wall. According to the medieval tradition, the windows are located on the south side (except for one window in the eastern wall of the apse and two small ones in the western wall). The nave and the chancel are covered with one gable roof with an extremely strong construction of the roof truss. The three-storey tower was built in a pole-frame construction. It is reinforced with numerous braces and topped with a prominent porch. The interior of the chancel and nave of the church is covered with polychrome from 1549.

Current state

   The church in Blizne, as one of the most valuable wooden religious architecture in Poland, has been added on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is open to visitors from April to October from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00, on Saturdays from 10.00 to 16.00, on Sundays from 12.00 to 15.00. Visiting inside is possible only under the care of a local guide.

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bibliography:
Architektura gotycka w Polsce, red. T. Mroczko i M. Arszyński, Warszawa 1995.
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.