Lipnica Murowana, Małopolskie, Poland • http://www.poland.travel
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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. They offered an alternative to the stone structures erected in urban centres. The wooden churches of southern Little Poland bear exceptional testimony to the tradition of church building from the Middle Ages. They have also been preserved in the context of the vernacular village and landscape setting, and related to the liturgical and cult functions of the Roman Catholic Church in a relatively closed region in central Europe. They are exceptionally well-preserved and representative examples of the medieval Gothic church, built using the horizontal log technique, particularly impressive in their artistic and technical execution, and sponsored by noble families and rulers as symbols of prestige. There is an old Easter custom which is kept alive in many places of Małopolska which consists of constructing tall decorative palms in order to celebrate Palm Sunday. The tallest ones are made in Lipnica Murowana famous for its wooden church. On the picturesque Lipnica town square palm trees are entered for “The Lipnica Palm competition”- that is for the best decorated and tallest one (the palm which holds the record was over 30 metres). During this time the public can sample regional Easter delicacies.
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