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Restored wooden churches

  • The EEA Grants have supported the restoration of 5 historical wooden churches in the Archdiocese of Poznań.

    Thanks to a €730, 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the Archdiocese of Poznań has been able to renovate the historical wooden churches in Brody Poznańskie, Bronikowo, Domachowo, Jeżewo and Zakrzewo. Founded as a Diocese in the year 968, the Archdiocese of Poznań has a long history, comprising as many as 360 parishes already in the 12th century.

    These gems of wooden architecture are 5 of altogether 58 remaining wooden churches in the Wielkopolska region in western Poland. Before the restorations, the churches were closed to the public on days when no services were held, due to their poor structural state. Comprehensive restoration works have been carried out to ensure the safety of visitors and protect the churches from fire and structural disintegration. The interior fittings have been renovated, artworks have been restored and measures have been introduced to reduce the high levels of indoor humidity.

    The wooden churches are typical examples of the regional wooden architecture from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and contain a number of Gothic and late Gothic sculptures, magnificent altars, stained glass windows, elaborately decorated ceilings and organs. The churches have now been fully opened to the public and made available to local residents, tourists and other visitors alike.

    Photo: Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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    Project title:

    Renovation of Historic Objects of Sacred Wooden Architecture of the Region of Wielkopolska

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project duration:

    36 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,219,941

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    23 February 2007

    The purpose of the Project is the restoration of historical cultural heritage and tourism development, with the overall objective of increasing the importance of culture as the factor stimulating social and economic development of the Poznan region. Reference is made to the application, dated 29 November 2006, and a letter from the Focal Point dated 28 June 2006.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - restoration of five historical wooden churches owned by local parishes in the villages of Brody, Bronikowo, Domachowo, Jezewo, and Zakrzewo.

    The Project Promoter is the Archdiocese of Poznan.