Museum of Icons
Museum of Icons
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deepfern
Warsaw, Poland154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
This is well worth seeing.

The Castle containing the Icon collection is located just off the Rynek in Sanok.

As a result of Operation Vistula, the Boyks, Łemks and Ruthenians of the neighboring podkarpatia (sub Carpathian) regions were moved out by the communists. This led to many beautiful wooden cerkwie (Orthodox churches) being left behind and the icons to decay.

Thankfully Polish historians salvaged these and they are kept in various collections across the south-east of Poland -- the better ones are in Sanok (both in the museum and in the Skansen), Przemyśl and Łańcut, but the one in Sanok has a better location as it is in an old building (the muzeum in Przemyśl is a bit too modern for the icons).

There is an overwhelming number of these exquisite icons, with lots of paintings of St. Onuphrius (who was an obscure Egyptian monk from the 2nd century about whom very little is known) and of the Pantokrator and Mandylion.

The best are in the innermost/last room with detailed pictures of hell.

You need time to see these.

The cost for the museum is 11 złoty per person, or 9 złoty if you've already gone to the Sanok Skansen (and vice-versa).

There are no guides available, so it would be good to read up a bit on the various themes to get a clearer picture. However, if you're just going for the art or the religious aspect, you won't be disappointed.

Note -- the toilets are not in the best of conditions....
There are no restrictions on carrying backpacks etc.
On the first floor of the muzeum there is a series of modern art paintings in the Bekiński collection. I don't care for modern art myself, but I understand these are considered a good collection, but with scary themes -- so don't take kids up there.
Written August 31, 2011
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Zbig_niew_12
Warsaw, Poland59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
An absolute shrine of medieval art and a must see in Sanok. To my best knowledge - Sanok harbours one the largest (and definitely the most interesting) collection of medieval icons (both Greek-catholic and orthodox) to be found outside the former Soviet Union countries. Even the nicely renovated Sanok Castle (located near the historical center of the tow, at the hill overlooking the San river) does not have enough space to exhibit all of the gathered treasures, so that only the most important and representative ones are displayed for the visitors. The entrance ticket to the Castle provides for a discount at the entrance to the Skansen (located on the opposite bank of the river), also highly recommended (but only in a case when you have several hours more at disposal).
Written October 8, 2014
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Victoriakatia
London, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
You can lear a lot about Sanok history. All in Polish and English language. The new wing with Beksinski paintings was fantastic, high standard. Must see if you in Sanok
Written October 13, 2016
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YvoVandenbempt
Bierbeek, Belgium90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Everybody knows Icons, but the story behind them and the different influences are interesting. Several religions have used this way to show the religeous history.
Written July 19, 2017
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ewainkrakow
Krakow, Poland3,445 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
This is a museum only for those who know what they're looking at.
I went there hoping to learn something about the cultures that the icons represented, but unfortunately no effort has been to engage or educate the visitor - in the exhibition halls there are no explanations, no context and nothing to give you an idea of what you're looking at, why it's important and why the curator chose to put it there. It's seems to be a huge warehouse to house stuff and take public money for the priviledge.
In addition, the visitor experience is awful. There's no welcome, and I was followed at all times by an unsmiling museum employee who had one hand hovering over the light switch in the room I was in, waiting to turn off the lights once I was done. I got the impression I was keeping her from doing other, more interesting things.
It's a beautiful building but this is the first museum I've been to where I couldn't wait to leave.
Written January 31, 2014
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LonFam357
London, United Kingdom24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
great selection, dreamy setting above river in thick stone walled castle
Written February 20, 2012
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SPQRAquila
73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I was surprised by the amount of icons. Nicely presented, very interesting to see. Icons are located on few floors so some stairs climbing is necessary (I don't know if there's a lift to be honest - I wasn't looking for any).
Written September 23, 2019
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Marek P
Gdansk, Poland1,916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
There are a lot of great icons in that museum.That is a place that you must see if you are there around.
Written May 7, 2019
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konradinio13
Choroszcz, Poland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
You have to options in Bieszczady: go and see around many places all of the old Ortodox and Catholic churches or go here, in Sanok and see many icons. Both options are good to choose. Museum in Sanok is the quickest one.
Written May 2, 2018
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wikary
Warsaw, Poland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Great gallery with the biggest collection of Beksinski's art - paintings, sculptures, photography and more. It was worth coming here from Warsaw to see it! Another advantage was the guide we hired in the museum. He said lots of interesting things and showed us other parts of museum as well (including the huge icons collection). I highly recommend it to anyone at least mildly interested in Beksinski.
Written March 12, 2017
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