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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:52 PM

Inside a 350 year-old wooden church

Last edited Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:58 PM - Edit history (1)

http://zieba.wroclaw.pl/kpg/kps.html

Located in southwest Poland, it survived 2 World Wars......use your mouse to pan around and up and down. Then you can zoom in and look at areas and objects within inches for minute details.

Made me wonder how many congregants it needs just to pay for the upkeep on this beautiful piece of architecture.

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Reply Inside a 350 year-old wooden church (Original post)
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 OP
dhill926 Jan 2013 #1
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #2
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #3
sad-cafe Jan 2013 #4
shraby Jan 2013 #5
alittlelark Jan 2013 #6
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #7
yardwork Jan 2013 #8
DearHeart Jan 2013 #9
freshwest Jan 2013 #10
mia Jan 2013 #11
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #12
leftstreet Jan 2013 #14
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #17
leftstreet Jan 2013 #18
wake.up.america Jan 2013 #28
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #22
Hekate Jan 2013 #26
2naSalit Jan 2013 #29
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #13
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #15
intheflow Jan 2013 #16
Confusious Jan 2013 #19
Buns_of_Fire Jan 2013 #20
Gman Jan 2013 #21
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #23
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #24
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #30
alfredo Jan 2013 #25
NBachers Jan 2013 #27
intaglio Jan 2013 #31
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #32

Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:54 PM

1. man....this is gorgeous......

thanks.

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:57 PM

2. You are welcome

Too magnificent not to be shared. Undoubtedly all built by hand by true artisans.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:02 PM

3. Nice find!

I would love to get in there and take my own photos, all while someone is playing the pipe organ.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:09 PM

4. that is beautiful

 

what a neat place.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:17 PM

5. Thanks for sharing..it's georgeous.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:19 PM

6. That's amazing!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:31 PM

7. Peace Church

Perfect name, but my heart will be racing if I ever get to step inside it.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:33 PM

8. Beautiful! Thank you for posting.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:42 PM

9. Absolutely GORGEOUS!



It amazes me that it made it through 2 world wars. I needed something beautiful to look at today! Thank you so much for posting this!!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:54 PM

10. Beautiful, like a small city under a roof. Thanks for posting this.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:57 PM

11. Thank you! n/t

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:59 PM

12. Am just glad

lots of 'Muricans are seeing this. Hope it gets forwarded far and wide.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:04 PM

14. It's just as beautiful on the outside





Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

The Churches of Peace are outstanding testimony to an exceptional act of tolerance on the part of the Catholic Habsburg Emperor towards Protestant communities in Silesia in the period following the Thirty Years' War in Europe. As a result of conditions imposed by the emperor, the Churches of Peace required the builders to implement pioneering constructional and architectural solutions of a scale and complexity unknown in wooden architecture. The success may be judged by their survival to the present day.

The Thirty Years' War in Europe ended with the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), which upheld the principle of cuius regio eius religio , i.e. the faith professed by the ruler was obligatory for his subjects. At that time Silesia was part of the Catholic Habsburg monarchy. In most of the province Protestants were persecuted and deprived of the right and possibility to practise their faith. Through the agency of the Lutheran king of Sweden, the emperor finally allowed (1651-52) the erection of three churches, henceforth known as the Churches of Peace, in Silesian principalities under direct Habsburg rule - in Głogów, which ceased to exist in the 18th century, Jawor, and Swidnica in the south-west part of present-day Poland.

Unlike the Baroque Roman Catholic churches of Silesia, the Churches of Peace do not represent a self-confident mission-oriented religion, triumphant in its victory over heretics, but rather they embody a place of refuge for an oppressed religious minority that wanted to assert its faith, to remain conscious of its individuality, and to preserve the communal cult of its traditions and practices. Stability and durability were achieved by means of an efficient structural system and careful use of traditional techniques in handling the materials and in connecting the individual timbers with one another. The Churches of Peace are among the latest examples of an architecture that combines post-and-beam construction (building with one-piece wall-high posts) with the use of halved joints; the structural framework of regularly placed uprights and horizontal connecting rails is reinforced by means of diagonal crossed struts that are inserted in the posts and rails in a way that makes shifting of the structural framework impossible. As post-and-beam buildings, the Churches of Peace are part of a European tradition that goes back to the 12th century and continued into the 18th century. The churches in Jawor and Swidnica differ in the character of their floor plans. Both have three aisles, both terminated in a polygonal east end, but whereas in Jawor the eastern end is still a true chancel, in Swidnica it is only the formal remembrance of such: its function has become that of a sacristy.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1054


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Response to leftstreet (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:26 PM

17. Leftstreet

Thanks so much for the extra historical information - absolutely fascinating!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:28 PM

18. Thanks for posting!

I've been there a few times

Beautiful!

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:50 AM

28. But the pics encourage me to take a trip there.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:28 AM

22. I'm really glad to see lots of fire extinguishers on the interior shots.

 

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:48 AM

26. I want to lay on the floor and stare at that ceiling

The whole church is gorgeous, but it's kind of dizzying to mouse around!

That's quite an organ, too.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:59 AM

29. That's amazing

It looks like there might be patchwork of bullet holes on the back wall and that ornate thing with the pillars appears to be part of or the most of a pipe organ. Just beautiful.

Thanks for the OP and this additional info!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:03 PM

13. WOW!!! n/t

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:09 PM

15. Beautiful

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:18 PM

16. Love all the prominent fire extinguishers

stationed throughout the sanctuary!

Really, though, beautiful and a fun little internet toy to play with this evening. The ceiling art is amazing!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:41 PM

19. Looks like the part that Germany owned before WW1 or WW2

The writing hanging between floors is German.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:04 AM

20. I imagine I'll never see it in person, but this is almost as good. Thanks. nt

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:17 AM

21. This is in Silesia

an area of Poland with a very tumultuous history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silesia

It has really only been officially part of Poland since WWII.

The very first Polish settlement in the US was with settlers from Silesia. They settled in Panna Maria, Tx in 1854. Panna Maria is a small (blink and you'll miss it) town about 50 miles or so Southeast of San Antonio.

The Polish in Panna Maria still speak the very same dialect of Polish that is spoken in Silesia. It is not the same Polish as is spoken in Warsaw or other main Polish city.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panna_Maria,_Texas

http://www.pannamariatexas.com/

In fact the ceiling in the church in Panna Maria, Tx looks remarkably like this one. The same for the church ceiling in Czestohowa, Tx.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:31 AM

23. I still think this one is cool...

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:46 AM

24. Very cool!

Rock on!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #24)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:37 AM

30. The Capuchin Crypt in Rome is just plain creepy...

It includes a child's skeleton to depict The Grim Reaper.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:47 AM

25. Beautiful. Check out the other churches.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:49 AM

27. Wow- that's fascinating - even better than I expected

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:48 AM

31. Wonderful Rococo design!

thank you

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:07 AM

32. Amazing

 

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