Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Church of St. John the Baptist in Orawka











After leaving Kraków, we drove south through the Polish countryside and just before we crossed the border into Slovakia, we stopped in the small village of Orawka to visit this beautiful church. The Church of St. John the Baptist is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Polish region of Upper Orava. It was built in 1651-1656. There are three late Baroque altars and a pulpit and organs dating from the 17/18th century. The walls and ceiling are covered with original polychrome paintings also dating from the 17th and 18th century depicting scenes from John the Baptist's life, several saints and the 10 Commandments. The church cemetery surrounds it in the front. There was some sort of festival going on behind the church while we were there and I bought some hand-made candy for my grandkids from the gentleman you see in the last photo.

18 comments:

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

BeachGypsy said...

hi there Lois, glad to hear you are ok and the storm wasn't so bad for you. It was a bad bad Irma, wasn't it? I love these pictures!! Very interesting and lots of color and love the details, and you explaining what it all is---not having been there, I wouldn't have known. Isn't that candy SO BRIGHT AND COLORFUL AND GORGEOUS as well as it probably tasted good!!? LOL

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma igreja fantástica e de grande beleza.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

biebkriebels said...

That church looks very the same as the ones I saw in Norway! Maybe they influenced each other.

Tom said...

...few words can describe this lovely church.

Marleen said...

A beautiful church, Lois. And so many treasures to find inside.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well that was a surprise Lois! I didn't expect the church to be so beautiful inside, it looks surprisingly unadorned on the outside! So happy to hear all is well with you after the hurricane ✨

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the church is beautiful, lovely inside and outside. The cemetery is interesting. The festival and homemade candy sound like a fun time.

Have a happy day!

Kate said...

Stunning church, both inside and out. Cemeteries are always fascinating and interesting!

Adam said...

the candy does look good

Halcyon said...

Wow. The outside is pretty plain, but the inside is fantastic!

William Kendall said...

Incredibly different from church architecture here.

Sharon Anck said...

That church is stunning. The walls are simply covered with paintings and even the pews have designs on them. Quite something to see.

RedPat said...

That is the most unusual church, Lois!

Lowcarb team member said...

The Church is so beautiful, lovely to see your photographs.

I'm sure your grandkids enjoyed the hand-made candy you bought from the gentleman in your last photo.

All the best Jan

Lowell said...

Superb photos, Lois! Great lighting and color. And what a church! Not only significant in terms of age, but in terms of ornamentation. Rather much but I'm sure that everything in it has some historical significance. Is that a TV up on the wall on the right in the first shot?

bill burke said...

The inside of the church is stunning. Never would have guessed by looking at the outside. Great photos Lois.

Klara S said...

It is a beauty.