Wooden Churches near Zakopane

As I do all to often in the evening when sitting in front of the computer at home, I was surfing the web tonight and finding more and more information about things in Poland. One thing led to another and I came across this picture on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelovewalrus/90172302/in/photostream/. It is a beautiful picture, taken in the winter, of a wooden church near Zakopane. I was there! You can see my picture here: http://poland.leonkonieczny.com/images/2010PolandTour/09-10%20Zakopane/slides/DSC_0266.JPG. It’s a beautiful church, and one I will never forget.

The story of the church, I beleive, goes something like this… The Polish mountain people the Górale, are deeply religious. Pope John Paul II was Polish. In 1981, he was shot in an assasination attempt. The Górale of the region held a vigil and promised that if he survived, they’d erect a church in his honor. He did and they did. It is a small church, but truly magnificent in its detail.  A fitting tribute to the faith of the Górale, and a fitting acknowlegement that their prayers were answered.

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