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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Opening hours:

16 April to 15 November

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


16 November to 15 April

Mon 8am  - 12pm
Tues - Fri 9am - 4pm
Sat - Sun 9am - 3pm


Regular fee – 28 PLN
Reduced fee – 18 PLN
Family 2+1 – 69 PLN
Family 2+2 – 84 PLN
Family 2+3 and more – 95 PLN
Ticket for 1 temporary exhibition (for people who do not visit permanent exhibitions) – PLN 5
Audio Guide – 12 PLN

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Guided tour in Polish – 80 PLN
(1 guide can guide a group of up to 25 people)

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 – 100 PLN
All reservations e-mail: rezerwacja.mhs@interia.pl

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