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Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

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Enchanting wooden churches from the 17th century

This is a must-see if you are in south-western Poland e.g. in Wrocław, especially that both the churches are on the UNESCO WH List. Easy to get by mini buses from Wrocław Bus... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Lodz, Poland

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Lodz, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must-see if you are in south-western Poland e.g. in Wrocław, especially that both the churches are on the UNESCO WH List. Easy to get by mini buses from Wrocław Bus station. You can see both in one day. From outside - very interesting, huge, wooden constructions, with dominating white colour and timber framing, but inside - you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Completely wooden, highly decorated churches. There is a fabulous on-line site which allows you to zoom and rotate views of them, but of course you want to see the real thing. If you want to see the real ceiling and decorative details, bring a pair of binoculars.

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Madrid
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

The buiding facade is not very nice but inside you understand why they are UNESCO buildings. Jawor is more authentic or perhaps more rural. Swidnica resturation is superb. Jawor is 75 km for wroclaw and Swidnica 50 km. see both is about 175 Km trip from wroclaw. They are nice but also very different from other churchs.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

A wonderful place to visit. So peaceful and unique. You pay a small price to enter and the very sweet lady on the door will provide you with an audio guide. A tremendous visit.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

This UNESCO site consists a set of two churches in Jawor and Świdnica; there was also a third one in Głogów, but it didn't make it to our times. Churches appeared after a Peace of Westphalia treaty, which ended Thirty Years' War and gave european protestants some reduced right to own places to worship. Those had to be build with... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

This is a very old wooden church that is just Fascinating. Such interesting architecture. Be prepared though...we visited in December and it is not heated!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

Built 1655. Highly recommended. One of two biggest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe due to pioneering constructional and architectural solutions. Named after the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 which permitted the Lutherans in the Roman Catholic parts of Silesia to build three Evangelical churches from wood, loam and straw outside the city walls, without steeples and church bells. The construction... More 

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mauritius
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

If it is possible to make a day trip from Kracow to both Jawor and Swidnic Unesco peace churches by public transportation? and the time schedule of bus and train? I checked the Polan train schedule, but it seems like one day is not enough for 2 churchs. Thanks.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

You are living in XXI century, and it is difficult to believe that such a (300 years old) building is so perfect condition. Worth of spendin at least half day.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

The Peace Churches in Jawor and Swidnica are huge evangelical edifices made of wood which have virtually no congregations today in Catholic Poland. While the church in Jawor is larger, the Swidnica church has wealthy patrons in today's Germany which ensure that the church is better maintained. These are UNESCO World Heritage sites and incredibly, intricately ornate for protestant churches.... More 

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