In our everyday life, not only do we seek a sense of security, but also a sense of belonging, which enables us to understand both our own selves and the surrounding reality of ‘here and now’. This is possible if we reach to the past, which surrounds us everywhere. It manifests itself not only through material objects, but also through stories, memories, everyday life routines, and rituals related to special events.
Buildings are durable traces of the past, while immaterial resources constitute the binder that fills whole narrative with a content and anchors it in the present.
On this website, using various senses, you will discover unique historical monuments entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Let’s then follow the traces of human genius…

Multisensory UNESCO. Following the senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste

Various senses switch on when you walk around Lipnica Murowana.

Sight follows the line of the one-storey architecture of the town square, whose origins date back to the middle ages. In the town square, there is a figure of St. Szymon, an important patron saint closely related with the tradition and culture of this place. Sight then notices the shrine of St. Szymon, where he used to live once; it admires the church of St. Andrew, which hosts the figure of the Mother of God with Child Jesus, one of the so-called Beautiful Madonnas. It reaches the church of St. Leonard, where it voraciously absorbs magnificent paintings, works of travelling painters and the reflections of human thoughts, feelings and ideas about the world.

Smell is affected by the inimitable odour of hundreds-years-old wood perceptible only when you approach the entrance of St. Leonard’s church.

Hearing distinguishes the clatter of a brazen lock, the creak of the door, the hubbub of people gathering in the town square. It is a kind of music: selfexistent, autonomous, with no stave notation to itself. The melody—alterantely loud and silent—vanishes sometimes to make place for the sound of a historical positive organ, pipe organ or simply the singing of people as Lipnica Murowana is still a place that draws interested tourists and pilgrims concentrated on prayer.

And what share falls to the last sense?
It recognizes the taste of the Mystery.