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1612 Parish Church and 1744 Orthodox Church

You can visit the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul from Wednesday to Saturday, from 9.00 a.m. till 6 p.m. The Orthodox Church (currently used as cemetery church) can be seen from Thursday to Saturday, from 9.00 a.m. till 6 p.m. On Sundays you can visit the two churches from noon to 5 p.m.

The parish church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Tylicz is one of the highlights of the wooden architecture trail in the Krynica-Gorlice region. Built on order by Bishop Piotr Tylicki in 1612, consecrated in 1661 by Bishop Mikołaj Oborski. It has a cabin construction and horizontally planked walls. In the main Rococo altar there is a painting of the Holy Mother with Child, also known as the Holy Mother of Tylicz, from the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. There are five side altars, including two from the 17th century and two Rococo ones from the late 18th century. In the side altars it is worthwhile to note the painting of the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne from the 17th century and a Veraicon (image of Christ’s face on the veil of Veronica) from the 18th century. Other interesting works are the painting of St Martin (probably 17th century), one of St John of Nepomuk (18th century), and the latest one (ca. 1950) of the Heart of Jesus by Czesław Lenczewski. In the church there are a late Baroque pulpit and a baptismal font, and a Rococo crucifix on a rood beam. You can also see numerous other paintings, procession floats and sculptures from various periods. The ceiling and walls are decorated with a polychrome made in 1960 by Kazimierz Morway and Kazimierz Puchała. Next to the church there is an 1803 belfry.

Next to the old church a new one was built. It is dedicated to the Name of Mary and built of stone, but its construction is close in style to old, wooden Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches of the region. Between the old and the new church there is a natural monument: a linden of ca. 350 years, with a trunk of ca. 5-meter circumference.

In the vicinity there is a Roman Catholic cemetery church which was in the past an Orthodox Church of St Cosmas built in the years 1738–1744. The church is one of the highlights of the Lemko Orthodox Churches Trail. After it was destroyed by a fire, it was rebuilt in 1780. It was constructed in the West Lemko style, with wood only, using the cabin log construction technique. It is a three-part building, with boarded walls. Roofed with three towers crowned with onion domes. Over the vestibule (part in the past used by women) there is a post-frame tower with sloping walls crowned with a doubled wooden dome with a tent base, with a blind lantern, a small cupola and a forged cross. It has one nave with late Baroque iconostasis from the 18th century. The nave is adjoined with two side chapels which in the past were used as ‘krilos’, i.e. rooms for singers (which were not to be found anywhere else in the Lemko region). It is worthwhile to see a polychrome of 1938 which refers to the 950th anniversary of the Christianisation of the Kiev Rus.

You can see 3-D panoramas of the churches at the site of the parish: www.parafiatylicz.pl/wnetrza-kosciolow.html.

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