Libusza – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


   The church in Libusza was built shortly before 1513. The tower was added in 1609. The temple was renovated in 1681, 1873 and several times in the second half of the twentieth century. Until 1986, it was considered one of the best-preserved wooden churches in the Podkarpacie region. After the fire, it was rebuilt, but unfortunately burned again in 2016.


   The wooden church was of a log construction, single-nave, with the chancel ended on three sides and with a tower attached to the nave, originally covered with a shingle. The temple was covered with a steep roof, covered with shingles, uniform over the presbytery and nave, which led to lower sides of the nave. There was a ridge turret on the roof ridge. The tower was a pole-frame construction with sloping walls, with a slightly overhung porch, covered with an octagonal pyramid roof. The interior was covered with a flat ceiling, and two gothic ogee portals led to it.

Current state

   From a fire that broke out in 2016 saved only the frame of the tower, fragments of two walls and the sacristy. It remains to believe that this beautiful monument will be rebuilt once again, although in 2019 the Ministry of Culture issued a negative decision. In this case, probably even the faintest preserved relics of the church (about 20% of the substance) will be destroyed.

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