October Galicia Tour. Day 2: Our Ancestors’ Life

The 2nd day of our tour is dedicated to the very old, historic town of Sanok. Group visited a famous ethnographic open-air museum with the rural architecture of the region and the representation of a 19th century Galician town.

A short stop on the way to Sanok to see one of the churches protected by UNESCO list. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins

The interior of old, wooden house. Moment for reflection on the everyday life of the ancestors. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins

A few years ago the museum underwent a major transformation. A “new” Rynek (Town Square) was built just inside the entrance. It is a replica of a Galician town square from the second half of the 19th century, inhabited by Polish, Jewish, and Rusyn populations. Besides reconstructed houses from various Subcarpathian towns, there is also a genuine Jewish house, firehouse, tavern, post-office, chemist’s, shop, barber’s and others. The exhibits include replicas of original Galician houses from different towns from the region.


Iconostasis in the orthodox church in the museum in Sanok. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins
The orthodox church from Ropki in the open air museum in Sanok. Picture: Zenon, PolishOrigins

>The Sanok Open Air Museum has the largest collection of historical buildings based on folk architecture in Poland. The Lemkos, Bojkos, Western Pogorzans, Eastern Pogorzans and Dolinianie are the natives of this mountain region. A slice of their lives, rituals and practices dating from the 17th to the 20th century are variously represented in the museum. History in the form of peasants’ dwellings, manors, religious buildings like a chapel and a 17th century Orthodox Church, a water mill, a smithy, a windmill, a charnel house, a sawmill, granaries, and even the local inn has been recreated in the museum. The Sanok Museum beckons you to take a walk down the memory lane.



After dinner we have prepared something special…



Aga Pawlus
PolishOrigins Team

One comment

  1. Our tour finished today and our guests are traveling to their homes now.
    We wish you a good journey friends! And we promise to publish some more articles and pictures soon.


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