Architecture Around the World ......................Poland - Table of Contents

Zakopane, Poland

Considered the winter ski capital of Poland, the city is famed for its wooden buildings. The wooden shingles that covered the roofs of most pre-20th century century dwellings are pretty much history; today, composite shingles or sheet metal are the materials of choice.

The steeply pointed roofs are modeled after Gothic structures from the Middle Ages.

Traditional wooden cottages are made from roughly cut logs and feature delicately carved patterns and intricate woodwork decoration.

Weather conditions when these photos were taken in October, 2008: rain.

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Virgin Mary icon

Carved tympanums






Carved tympanum


Gable window





Note two finials and chimney cap

Photos and their arrangement © 2008 Chuck LaChiusa
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