Church St. Michael the Archangel in Sokolowsko

History:
Built in the years 1900–1901 with the blessing of the Metropolitan of St.Petersburg, Palladius, thanks to the efforts of the Brotherhood of St. Włodzimierz, for patients coming to the local health resort (Sokołowsko). The church was consecrated on September 3, 1901 by the chaplain of the Russian embassy in Berlin - proto-priest Alexy von Maltzow. The church served the faithful until the end of the 1930s.

After World War II, it was abandoned and forgotten, it was devastated, for some time it was used as a morgue [1]. From 1980 to August 16, 1996 it was privately owned - as a summer house (the superior authorities of the Orthodox Church in Poland learned about the existence of the church in Sokołowsko only in 1989 from a mention in a local newspaper).

Thanks to the efforts of the Orthodox parish of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Wrocław on Piasek Island and receiving a subsidy from the Foundation "Renovabis" in Freising, the church was repurchased and after a general renovation, it was restored to its original purpose. On April 5, 1997, the Archbishop of Wrocław and Szczecin, Jeremiasz, consecrated the new cross crowning the church (the first one was removed in the 1980s). Since 1999, there has been an icon writing studio and a small gallery of iconographer Michał Bogucki at the church.

Currently (since 1998), the church serves as a parish temple for the faithful from Sokołowska and the Polish-Czech border region. It is also a place of prayer for participants of youth camps and tourists from other regions of Poland and from abroad visiting Sokołowsko. The hundredth anniversary of the church's dedication with the participation of His Excellency Archbishop Jeremiah was celebrated on November 10, 2001.

In 2008, the roof of the temple was damaged during a hurricane when fallen spruce fell on it. Despite this, the church was still active [1].

In 2018, the relics of St. Łukasz, the Bishop of Crimea, brought from Ukraine [2].

The building was entered in the register of monuments on November 30, 1984, under number 1048 / WŁ [3].

Sightseeing:

The church is open to visitors from morning to dusk. The easiest way to get to the temple is from the center of Sokołowska along the road next to the church and the "Biały Orzeł" hospital (along the path into the park). On the right, you pass the House of St. Elizabeth, 100 meters away, on a small hill, there is an Orthodox church. If the church is closed, go to the House of St. Elizabeth and ask to open it.


Izabela, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.#EuropeanSolidarityCorps

Author: European Volunteers in Poland

A blog curated by volunteers taking part in European Solidarity Corps initiative in Poland and coordinated by Active Woman Association

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