There are still lots of old wooden churches in the surroundings of Bardejov (and Svidnik, where we are going next), many of them decorated, not only with frescos, but also with rich iconostases. An iconostasis is a wall of icons, and sometimes other paintings depicting bible scenes, which separates the church nave from the sanctuary. Prey for unscrupulous art thieves, but also at risk when churches burn down or get destroyed in any other way, not unimaginable with wooden churches. For over a hundred years the Saris Museum has collected the icons of abandoned churches, as well as some of the originals in still-existing churches, to make sure. they are protected. In the process they have built up an impressive collection, with the oldest icons going back to 16th century. To be honest, I wouldn’t have them at home, but I do find old icons fascinating, in the way they have been painted, with their often still bright colours.
So I took lots of pictures, of which a few have been included here.