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Elżbieta Trocka-Leszczyńska
Architecture of rural churches built of wood in ¦l±sk Opolski (The Opole District in Silesia)

    The oldest rural churches, dating from the turn of the 15th and 16th century, which occur numerously in the north-eastern part of the Opole  District, are a testimomy to old traditions of material culture.
    The Opole District is characterized both by elements of mate­rial culture from the east (e.g. log constructions) as well as from the west (e.g. half timbered constructions, rafter gable roofs) with strong connections to the material culture of Malopolska (Little Poland) and Wielkopolska (Greater Poland).
    The building traditions of local inhabitants manifesting them­selves in the solutions applied to constructions and the materiaIs used as well as functional and spatial, survived, despite changing religions, political systems and administrative dictates. The preser­vation and continuation of these features, during renovations and modernization, should be the basic aim of the activities of services employed in maintaining these objects in a good technical state and in the state of use, similarly to the endeavours of builders in past times.