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Church of Dormition (Szczebrzeszyn)

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'''Church of Dormition in Szczebrzeszyn''' located in Szczebrzeszyn, Poland is a [[parish]] of the [[Church of Poland]]. The [[church ]], that was built in XII twelfth century, is the oldest structure used as an Orthodox church in Poland,
== History ==
According to the newest recent archaeological research, the first church in Szczebrzeszyn was built around XII twelfth century as a [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic ]] church later . Later, it was confiscated by Górka family and given to the OrthodoxChurch. In 1583 , the church was seriously damaged during a fire of that engulfed the whole town. It was quickly rebuilt as an [[Union of Brest|Uniate]] church and given back to the Orthodox only in 1867.
During the First World War I most of the Orthodox population (Russian or Ukrainian by nationality) left Szczebrzeszyn, leaving the church abandoned. After Poland regained its independencefollowing the war, the new authorities government did not allow it to re-open the as a church, claiming that it would become a centre of anti-Polish agitation. In 1938 , the church building was about to be destroyed; however. However, strong protests from both the Orthodox community and the local intellectuals persuaded the authorities not to ruin destroy it completely. However, they didn't did not allow to it to be open it either. In 1947, after the mass deportations of Ukrainians ordered by Polish Stalinist government, the church was turned into a store, then later abandoned again.
In 1989, after the fall of "real socialism" in Poland , reconstruction of the reconstruction works were church building finally begun that . The reconstruction work lasted until 2006 because of a lack of financial meansfunds. In the same year Also, in 2006, the church was given back returned to Orthodox the Eparchy of Lublinof the Church of Poland. In March 2008 , the European Union subventionned provided financial aid for further reconstruction workswork, donating over 1 million euros as a part of a program aimed to save at saving things of the cultural heritage on the continentin Europe. They The funds are being spent mainly on reconstruction of church's frescoes, that were originally painted succesively from XVIth to XIXth centurybetween the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The church in Szczebrzeszyn is the oldest Orthodox building in Poland. However, its original inventory of furnishings was hovewer completely lost due to XXth devastation during the twentieth century devastation.
[[Category:Polish Churches]]

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