Route 48: Following Lemko Orthodox churches to reach the health resort
Uście Gorlickie, Kwiatoń (3 km) Skwirtne (5 km) Hańczowa (8,5 km) Wysowa-Zdrój (14 km) Ropki (20 km) Hańczowa (23,5 km) Uście Gorlickie (30,4 km)
30,4 km, 3 h, difficulty – easy
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A look at the scheme of the presented route and the map explains the title of the trip. The route follows several beautiful wooden Orthodox churches and churches that are the pride of the Małopolska Wooden Architecture Trail, and ends in a charming health resort. The trip begins in Uście Gorlickie, in front of the Orthodox church, where we enter the green bike trail, heading at Kwiatoń. Here, we can admire the extraordinary treasure of the wooden architecture – a beautiful church from the 17th century, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A few hundred meters after the church, on the curve of the road, we turn right from the main road onto Skwirtne. Less than 1.5 km from the turnout there is another church that is worth visiting. We return in heading at Kwiatoń again, to turn left following the yellow bike trail to Hańczowa. We cross the massif by a gentle climb and descend towards the Orthodox church tower visible below. However, instead of entering the village, we follow the trails (red hiking trail joined the bicycle one), turn left and climb a long, fortunately gentle, climb up the slope of the Goat Rib hill. The climb ends at the hostel and with an exciting descent to the health resort of Wysowa-Zdrój, where it is worth visiting the wooden monuments, namely the Orthodox church and the church. In front of the church we turn left and go through the Hutniańska Pass (difficult climb in the end) and Ropki to reach Hańczowa. This time, we recommend visiting a beautiful historic Orthodox church. We return to Uście Gorlickie along the main road.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Wooden church in Uście Gorlickie – built in 1786 in the West Lemko style. Inside, a Baroque iconostasis has been preserved. On its pedestal there are reliefs depicting Christ teaching the prophets. This is a true sensation in the case of the Eastern church, which traditionally did not recognize figural sculpture.
2. Wooden church in Kwiatoń – built at the beginning of the 17th century. It is probably one of the oldest and most beautiful Lemko churches. The interior furnishings come mainly from the 19th century. A complete iconostasis was created in 1904. The building is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
3. Wooden Orthodox church in Skwirtne – built in 1837, it has three beautifully shaped parts: the presbytery, the nave and the tower. Both the roof and external walls are covered with shingles.
4. Wysowa-Zdrój Health Resort – based on sanatorium treatment using local mineral waters – sorrels. It offers treatment of respiratory and digestive system diseases. A small health resort was present here already in the 18th century. However, the greatest development of Wysowa as a resort took place in the 1860s and 1870s, when most of the current operating sanatoriums and spa facilities were established.
5. Wooden Orthodox church in Wysowa-Zdrój – built in 1779 in West Lemko style. Attention is drawn to the unusual location of the tower, which grows partly from the vestibule and partly from the nave – this is the result of reconstruction carried out at the beginning of the 20th century.
6. Wooden church in Wysowa-Zdrój – built in 1938 according to the design of a "typical" church developed by the well-known architect Zbigniew Mączyński.
7. Wooden Orthodox church in Hańczowa – dedicated to the Protection of the Mother of God, it was founded in the first half of the 19th century. This is a typical West Lemko Orthodox church with a log structure and shingle-covered walls. Ornamental-figural polychromy and iconostasis come from the late 19th century. The presbytery has a Baroque main altar.