The Orthodox and Greek Catholic Church art 12th - 20th c.

One of the most beautiful collection of art of the Orthodox and Greek Catholic church in Poland gathers over 1200 exhibits. The earliest examples of the Orthodox and Greek Catholic church art, icons and liturgical objects (utensils, wooden and polychromed handed crosses, engolpions, banners, robes, antique books) coming from existing or non-existing churches of south-eastern Poland and contemporary Ukraine, can be seen in chambers of the renaissance castle.

Icons are arranged in chronological order. The collection begins with the oldest icons dating back to the 15-th and 16-th century which are painted in trend of the Byzantine art. In next chambers, the icons of 17-th and 18-th century are displayed. These icons enable to observe significant stylistic and iconographic transformations dictated mainly by dominance of the renaissance and baroque art, the styles of the western art. The exhibition is ended with rich collection of icons from the 19-th century. This period is a time of decline of that kind of painting. Amongst the leading iconographic themes the images of Christ Pantocrator, the Virgin Hodegetria, Virgin Eleusa, Virgin Pocrova and Deesis composition are dominant. Another group of paintings, presenting hagiographical themes, forms an independent group of icons which depict saints of the Eastern church along with the scenes of their life. The group is represented by images of St Parasceva of Tyrnovo, St Nicholas, St Basil. The icons of the Last Judgement and Passion are rich with suggestive symbolic based on evangelical events. The exhibition is enriched with an iconostasis consists of icons from turning of the 17-th and 18-th centuries. The iconostasis is situated at the 1st floor.


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Dear visitors,
we would like to inform you that on April 6 and 7, 2023, the exhibitions in our museum will be open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
During the Easter holidays (April 8-10 this year) the museum will be closed.
On Mondays, April 17 and 24, the exhibitions in our museum will be closed to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Opening hours:

from 2nd November to 31st March

Mon 8am - 12pm
Tues and Wed 9am - 5pm
other days of the week 9am - 3pm
from 1st April to 31st October

Mon 8am - 12pm
other days of the week 9am - 5pm

Tickets (1.01.2022):
Regular fee – 22 PLN
Reduced fee – 15 PLN
Family 2+1 – 56 PLN
Family 2+2 – 68 PLN
Family 2+3 and more – 78 PLN
Audio Guide – 12 PLN
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Guided tour in Polish – 60 PLN
Guided tour in English, French or German is available for ordering at the ticket office or by phone + 48 13 46 306 09, ext. 35, fare – 75 PLN
All reservations e-mail: rezerwacja.mhs@interia.pl

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