WROCLAW, POLAND – A Peek at Some Churches

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A down spout from St. John the Baptist Cathedral

May 8, 2015

Poland’s population is approximately  95% Catholic.  It remains one of the most religious country in Europe today.   So it seems every corner I turned, there stood a church. Here are 3 that stood out:

My favorite was the St. James and St. Vincent  Church from 1240.   Looks very modest on the outside but the side chapel is one the prettiest I have ever seen:

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St. James and St. Vincent Church

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The Nave of  the side chapel.

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The ceiling frescos of that chapel.

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Angel on a  ledge…

An interesting church I  also saw was the very Baroque “Most Holly Name of Jesus” from 1689.  It is now associated with Wroclaw University which was started in 1728.   Inside, the main nave and a side  chapel  was sensory overload,  in my opinion.

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But the Pieta in this church is beautiful.   It is a replica of  the Vatican’s

by  Michelangelo:

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Then I crossed over a  lock bridge,

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onto the Ostrom Tumski Island,

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to see  the gothic style St. John the Baptist Cathedral from 1244.

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The side of the church shows how additional chapels are just added on through time in whatever architectural style is popular or they prefer.

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First church that I have seen where “lighting a candle” has gone electric.

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Also St John’s posted photos of what it looked like after WWII.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”  ( George Santayana)

I thought this last little angel  was beautiful and  shows the intense  grief of loss.  This angel sits on a memorial in  St. Elisabeth Church where many people were buried:

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Many blessings to you and yours…..

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Ludwig
    May 14, 2015 @ 08:20:37

    I agree on the overload comment! It sure is sad what war does to a country as far as historical destruction and death but the aftermath as in your pictures shows the resilience in people which is a beautiful thing. Thanks

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