Committee Decisions

27 COM 8C.36

Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland (Poland)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes the Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland, Poland, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv):

Criterion (iii): The wooden churches of Little Poland bear important testimony to medieval church building traditions, as these related to the liturgical and cult functions of the Roman Catholic Church in a relatively closed region in central Europe.

Criterion (iv): The churches are the most representative examples of surviving Gothic churches built in horizontal log technique, particularly impressive in their artistic and technical execution, and sponsored by noble families and rulers as symbols of social and political prestige.

The property consists of six separate churches:

Church

Town

Area (ha)

Buffer (ha)

Church of the Archangel Michael

Binarowa

1.80

40.4

Church of All Saints

Blizne

2.20

46.7

Church of the Archangel Michael

Dębno

0.14

64.0

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael

Haczów

1.30

38.2

Church of St Leonard

Lipnica Murowana

1.10

16.5

Church of St Philip and St James the Apostles

Sękowa

1.72

36.4

TOTAL

TOTAL

8.26

242.2

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Poland
Session: 27COM