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Church of Peace

Local name: Kościół Pokoju

The half-timbered church in Jawor is a unique monument on a European scale. Inside, you can admire the balcony structure, providing space for 6,000 faithful. Noteworthy are the baroque interior fittings, and four-storey empor, whose windowsills are decorated with paintings from the Old and New Testaments. A unique attraction are also numerous paintings and sculptures on sacred topics. Peace concerts are held in the temple from May to September each year.

The Evangelical temple was founded in the second half of the 17th century and is the largest wooden church in Europe, about 44 m long and 14 m wide. The creation of the object is associated with the policy of 17th century Europe, forcing the emperor to recognize the Protestant religion in Silesia. The Catholic emperor gave way under pressure, but introduced restrictions, including a ban on building stone structures, towers and bell towers, location outside the city and giving buildings shapes that did not indicate the role of the temple.

The church in Jawor was accompanied by two more sister buildings in Głogów and Świdnica, but the Głogów temple burnt down in a fire after a lightning strike. In 2001, the church was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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    Church of Peace map
    Park Pokoju 259-400 Jawor , Poland