Siedliska – Museum of Fossilised Trees
Siedliska village is located in the Southern Roztocze, in Lubycza Królewska Commune, in close proximity of a road and railway border crossing in Hrebenne. Mysterious fossilised trees, that were taken for pine trees, were known since the times of Jan Długosz who was a 15th century Polish chronicler. It was later discovered that those trees were of the sequoia type (Taxodicoxylon taxodia) and that they had been growing there a couple of million years ago in the Neogene. Occurance of the extraordinary phenomenon was possible in hot tertiary climate. Silica replaced the organic substance, that was wood, which is why every detail of the tree was preserved. Those trees are remarkable geological phenomena in Europe.
Parts of fossilised trees can be seen in the foundation of an Orthodox church; the church's chapel was also decorated using them. Bigger pieces lie under oaks that are natural monuments in the park. The largest collection of exhibits is displayed in the Museum of the Local Association [Muzeum Lokalnego Stowarzyszenia] Nasze Siedliska. Massive fragments of tree trunks lie next to regional ethnographic exhibits.
Rural Polish-Ukrainian architecture was preserved in Siedliska. The Greek Catholic St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and its collection of icons, parish church that was previously a Sapieha grave chapel, a chapel on the water and Górka Tatarska [Tatar Mountain] are places that are worth visiting in the region.
Agrotourism houses offer accommodation to tourists.
Museum of Fossilised Trees in Siedliska
tel. 506 750 127