Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

   

Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

are the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe.

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The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) was concluded with the failure of Protestants in Silesia, who were deprived of all churches.

Under the Peace of Westphalia they were allowed to build three churches, of which the two in Jawor and Świdnica survived until today.

The buildings made of wood and clay, without towers, surprise with their splendid interiors. The attention is drawn to richly decorated emporas boxes for Protestant gentry. The church in Świdnica can hold 7.5 thousand people, and in Jawor 6 thousand.

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