Poland
Świdnica

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  • Day17

    Chocolade uit Świdnica

    July 27 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We maken een tussenstop in de chocoladehoofdstad van Polen volgens de boekjes.. Natuurlijk kopen we een voorraadje en maken we een ommetje door het het oude centrum. De stadjes zijn allemaal erg sfeervol. Leuk om even doorheen te lopen...Read more

  • Day7

    Swidnica

    July 8, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Petit détour sur notre route pour Zakopane, Swidnica mérite un arrêt pour sa surprenante église de la paix, classée au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. Cet édifice protestant, entièrement construite en bois, a été érigé avec des contraintes fortes après un traité mettant fin à la guerre de 30 ans.Read more

  • Day253

    Day 254: Churches of Peace

    October 26, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Double-location World Heritage site today. Left Wroclaw in good time and drove westwards to the town of Jawor, where the first of the two Churches of Peace awaited. These are quite interesting, the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe.

    They were built in the 1650s, just after the Peace of Westphalia which put an end to the religious wars that had wracked Europe for the preceding decades. The Peace meant that protestants were allowed to build churches in predominately Catholic areas (like this one), but under strict conditions: they must be built of timber/straw/sand/clay, no towers, no similar designs to existing churches, completed within a year and located more than a cannon shot from the existing city walls.

    Incredibly, these buildings were not only built, but survived - well, two of them anyway. A third burned down 200 years ago. We parked up and had a look inside the first one - quite large and surprisingly ornately decorated inside. I normally associated protestant churches with austerity and solemnness, but these were heavily painted and decorated which was quite interesting. Did some good filming and then headed south-east to Swidnica and the second church.

    Stopped for a nice lunch in the restaurant attached, then checked out the church. This was even larger, and just as lavishly decorated. Locals are justifiably proud of their churches, and they're well known in the area. Finished off our filming and then headed for Wroclaw.

    Went out for a walk with Schnitzel for an hour or so since the weather was decent (chilly but sunny), and the poor bored little dog had basically sat in the car all day. Stumbled across a burger place on my walk which we came back to in the evening for dinner. Great burgers! Last night in Poland tonight, we head to Czechia tomorrow.
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  • Day24

    Świdnica

    April 29, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Friedenskirche der Protestanten, ein UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Sie durfte nur aus vergänglichen Materialen, wie Holz, Lehm und Stroh errichtet werden. Dafür ist sie von innen umso prunkvoller.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Świdnica, Swidnica, Швидница, Svídnice, שווידניצה, Svidnica, Svidņica, Свидница, Свидњица, Свідниця, 希维德尼察

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