Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Church, Owczary

Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Church in Owczary is a Gothic, wooden church located in the village of Owczary 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.[1]

Cerkiew Opieki Matki Bożej w Owczarach
Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Church
Owczary, cerkiew Opieki Matki Bożej (1).jpg
AffiliationRoman Catholicism
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Statusactive church
LocationPoland Owczary, Poland
Official name: Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine
Criteriaiii, iv
Designated2013 (37th session)
Reference no.1424
State Party Poland


The tserkva in Owczary was raised in 1653. The tserkva is the second building of its type in this location - the first collapsed due to quicksand in its foundations. In 1701, the tserkva's chancery underwent extensive renovation, the tower was built in 1783 (built by meisters Dimitr Dekowekin and Teodor Rusinka), in 1870, the building was widened, to have equal measurements to that of the nave. In 1938, the tserkva's interior was decorated with a polychrome.[2] After Operation Vistula, the tserkva was transferred to the Roman Catholic parish. After some of the displaced villagers came back to the village in 1956, the tserkva had also restarted Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church services. Since 1998, the tserkva began to function as a Roman Catholic-Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.[3]


  1. ^ "woj. małopolskie – pow. bocheński" (PDF). NID. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ Marciniszyn, Grażyna i Zygmunt Malinowscy, Elżbieta i Piotr (2009). Ikony i cerkwie : tajemnic łemkowskich świątyń (Wyd. 1. ed.). Warszawa: Carta Blanca. ISBN 9788361444152.
  3. ^ "Drewniana cerkiew pw. Opieki Bogarodzicy w Owczarach w Beskidzie Niskim". Panoramy. Retrieved 13 March 2016.

Coordinates: 49°35′19″N 21°11′29″E / 49.5886°N 21.1915°E / 49.5886; 21.1915