ORAWKA – ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LESSER POLAND


The church we came by during our trip to Slovakia – Located in southern Poland on polish and Slovakian border.



We discovered this amazing structure accidentally, but as it later transpired it was one of the most valued historic, timber log structure churches in Poland  – it was suggested to list the church in UNESCO world heritage classification, unfortunately the application was unsuccessful.

The temple was constructed in 18t century and named after St .John the Baptist. It has the most fascinating timber log construction with a single nave and a very precious, rich wall paintings .

It is simply breath taking experience to enter the building, see its mystic light coming through the windows with a stained glass and entirely timber internal finish. The duo pitched roof, the spire at front with four other little spires at each corner of the front tower and most of the walls are covered with wooden shingles.

The church has a very decorative panel ceiling with interesting and picturesque paintings showing the scenes from St John the Baptist’s live and other bible motives.

No doubt we can call it one of the most precious jewel of polish historic timber architecture.

















KRAKOW- CRACOW- COLLEGIUM MAIUS


Collegium Maius, the oldest  edifice of  Jagiellonian Univeristy in Krakow known also as Krakow Academy, was founded by polish king Wladislaw Jagiello.

Built in  15-th century as a late gothic structure with a large internal courtyard with a  pointed arched arcades and the cristal vaulting.

It is located in the corner of Jagiellonska Street and St Ann’s Street in a medieval  old town centre.

The very precious building for every krakovian and a university student.It is fully original edifice from the period mad of stone and brick  and the most fascinating features of the building is original paving from the period, the well,  located in the centre of the courtyard, the stone surrounded arcades, gothic pinnacles and doors and windows surrounds, the decorations of the balconies with the original stone crests of the old polish families and  founders.

The most famous graduates of the University where astronomer Copernicus in late 15-th century and John Paul II  in           20-th century.

The building is definitely a jewel of gothic architecture, a bit underestimated by some tourist,  but worth of seeing  and strongly recomended


KRAKOW – ST.MARY’S BASILICA – KOŚCIÓŁ MARIACKI


The most famous and most visited monument of Krakow/Cracow.Located in North – East corner of Krakow’s medieval square, is a symbol of city’s history, and one of the most precious monuments in old town centre. 

The church has been built in 13-th century in gothic era after the first  romanesque church had been destroyed by Turkish invaders.The three naves have been rised , the main, middle one which was the tallest and  one smaller nave to each side of it, with half circular chapels, main oltar at the end, and two different height towers to the front of the building.

We can see lots of little long windows with pointed/lancet arches, so popular  in central europe at those times.

The main body of the building has been  made of red, local manufactured brick, with many stone surrounds, stone or brick window heads and sills, the two towers have been covered with the spires, each in different style. 

The taller tower has been designed on a square plan, then, in  the end it turns into octagonal, on the other side, shorter tower is square in plan , with the size  getting gradually smaller aproaching the top.
After few centuries the octagonal in plan lobby has been added in a baroque style with neo- gothic stone pinacles.

To the side of basilica you can see the massive, vertical windows with stone surrounds and  subdivided to few stone moulions ended with  another internal lancet arches ,oculuses and cusps, and all windows have been decorated with the stained glass.

At the external side of the brick walls we can see the brick buttress piers between the windows, with set offs, without flying butress in this case but with pinacles with crockets and finials.

If you want to find out more about gothic architecture commonelements, please see a fantastic blog:
http://gothiceraarchitecture.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-techniques-lasting-looks.html


KRAKOW – OLD TOWN CENTRE


An information centre in Krakow, Grodzka Street.This very cost effective and very expressive building has been built  a couple of years ago and designed by one of the most popular and influential architects in Poland, Krzystof Ingarden, who graduated from the architecture university in Tokyo, Japan.

This building is a very slender, completely not invasive architecture which had to be made this way for its very noble location in the middle of the historic city Krakow.

For some people it was quite a controversial, for some it is a fine building in a perfect location.
It is designed as only a few meters wide extention to the adjoining, historic building.

I think many people needed an information centre like this, that is a nice architecture and caters the tourist’s needs perfectly.