Mother of God Church

Chotyniec, Poland

Mother of God Church is wooden church located in the village of Chotyniec from the seventeenth-century, which together with different tserkvas is designated as part of the UNESCO Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine.

The first document recording the existence of the tserkva originates from 1671. The tserkva is one of numerous active Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church tserkvas in Poland, which survived World War II and the subsequent Polish population transfers. The tserkva had undergone numerous renovations and was reconstructed in 1733, 1858, and 1925. After the 1947 Operation Vistula (displacement of Ukrainian minorities out of the Polish People's Republic), the tserkva was closed, and transformed into a Roman Catholic church. In the 1980s, the tserkva was closed due to its poor structural state. In 1990, the tserkva was taken back by its previous owner and re-transformed into a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church tserkva. Between 1991 and 1994, the tserkva underwent a complex renovation, mainly by the help of the local parishioners.



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Chotyniec, Poland
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Founded: 1671
Category: Religious sites in Poland


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Plan Na Wypad (7 months ago)
The church in Chotyniec is one of the oldest and at the same time the most beautiful churches in Poland. It is dated that it was built in 1600, so the temple is over 400 years old! From the outside, we can immediately recognize the 3 parts typical of the church, which form one whole, i.e. the women's gallery, the nave and the chancel. The temple is decorated with domed roofs supported on 8 side drums. However, the external gallery above the women's gallery, which is a remnant of the second chapel in the church, which was located on the first floor, is unique and unusual here.
Jola Wit (9 months ago)
One of the prettiest we've seen. It's definitely worth seeing.
Валерій Рєпік (14 months ago)
Poland. Chotyniec. Ukrainian masterpiece in UNESCO. Chotyniec is located in the municipality of Radymno, Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland. From here to the Ukrainian border (crossing Korchova - Krakovets) about 10 km. And here is the closest to Ukraine Polish monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List - the wooden Church of the Nativity of the Virgin. Although why Polish? It was built by Ukrainians, ethnic Ukrainians have prayed and are praying… Khotynets has long been a Ukrainian village, although it was within Ukraine (more precisely the Ukrainian SSR) only from 1939 to 1945 (and even then with a break from German occupation). And in 1945, he moved to Poland forever, and all the Ukrainians were expelled from here - the Poles do not like to remember this episode of their history - Operation Vistula. But in the yard of the church in Khotynka there is a memorial sign, which eloquently reminds of the act of ethnocide against Ukrainians. Khotynets, like the whole Peremyshl land, is a part of Galicia. Mykhailo Verbytsky, the author of the music of the Ukrainian anthem, lived, worked and was buried not far from here, in Mlyny. It so happened that after the capture of Galicia by the Polish crown, and then all of Ukraine, Ukrainians did not have their own state (except in the days of Khmelnytsky and UPR-ZUNR), but they still had their homeland and their land, built villages and churches, created their own styles, in particular Lemko, Boyko, Galician… Here is the church in Khotynka, together with the Drohobych Church of St. George - one of the best examples of Galician wooden style. It is a pity that there is only one in Ukraine, but the border is now open, so everyone can go and see a wooden wonder from the UNESCO list. The Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God first appears in the documents of Mykhailo Korybut Vyshnevetsky, the former owner of these lands, a descendant of the Sich founder, in 1671, but researchers date the church to 1600. The Diocese of Peremyshl adopted the church union only in 1696, so it is safe to say that the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin was built as an Orthodox church. The time of the conversion of the parish to Greek Catholicism is unknown. The temple has three parts, has three helmet-shaped baths. The log house and the tops are completely covered with shingles. The painting is not preserved on all the walls, but on one it is simply a masterpiece - incredibly insightful and realistic. Mostly old people. They go to services and can tell about old times. Their language is far from Ukrainian literary, but quite clear. Some look offended by life, and some rejoice. In 1947, the church was adapted to the needs of Roman Catholics, who began to replace the deported Ukrainians. In the 1980s, the shrine was in poor condition and closed, and in 1991 it was handed over to the Greek Catholic community, a section of Ukrainians who had returned to Khotyn from the West. Today the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin is in excellent condition. The well-renovated building is covered with fine shingles - it would be strange if the UNESCO site in Poland would not be qualitatively restored, here is one of the best schools of restorers. It was included in the UNESCO list in 2013, among 16 churches in the Carpathian region (all Ukrainian churches are one - 8 in Poland and Ukraine). PS. The original church bell tower was destroyed during World War II. The current bell tower was moved from the village of Torky in 1993. It dates back to the 17th century.
Rafał Żak (2 years ago)
The church is wonderful, but google does not distinguish the Orthodox church from the Greek Catholic ...
Andriy Zaliztsi (2 years ago)
Церква Різдва Пресвятої Богородиці — греко-католицька парафіяльна церква, збудована ще у 1615 р. в с. Хотинець (Польща). Внесена до Всесвітньої спадщини ЮНЕСКО разом з іншими дерев’яними церквами Польщі та України. Вона вважається однією з небагатьох діючих храмів, які пережили війну. Церква повністю зроблена з дерева, із зрубу.
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