Thursday, January 5, 2017

The church of peace in Jawor | Poland

Unesco Poland
The religious and political conflicts of the 17th century that took place in the German states ended with the so called Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Silesian Protestants, supported by Sweden, negotiated the right to establish three new churches.

The Austrian emperor, Ferdinand, allowed to build churches in Glogau (Głogów), Schweidnitz (Świdnica) and Jauer (Jawor). Two of the three churches are still standing today, only the Protestant church in Glogow had burned down in 1758.

The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica are the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe. Both churches are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.


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