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Why does the wooden heritage attract us? The key word is curiosity! How did our ancestors, grandparents and great-grandparents live? How did their homesteads, poorer peasant cottages and beautiful and magnificent mansions look like? read more

The tools of everyday use also attract attention and surprise us, for how could people ever live without modern technology?  Well, how? You can find out by visiting the open-air ethnographic museums, museums and mansions of the Małopolskie region and by strolling through places where historical wooden buildings have survived.


There are significantly fewer monuments of secular than of sacred art. However, these are much more diverse –  public (inns and spa houses), residential (mansions, cottages and villas) and farm buildings (granaries and barns). They usually had only a practical function and they were used as long as their technical condition was good. After that, new ones were built.  Therefore, most of them come from the late 19th or early 20th centuries. Some of the buildings are still used in accordance with their intended purpose, while others have been adapted to new functions. Among the residential buildings, manor houses are the most interesting ones with respect to architecture and history.


Rural and small-town buildings seem to be the elements of the wooden heritage that are the most difficult to save. Little wooden houses are increasingly often supplanted by more convenient and larger brick ones. And yet, the charm of the streets lined with wooden cottages is unique and strolling  down them moves us back in time to an older and different world.[1]

[1]              Grażyna Ruszczyk, „Architektura Drewniana w Polsce”, Sport i Turystyka MUZA SA, Warsaw 2009, pp. 5-9.


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