St. Jadwiga's Church

Brzeg, Poland

St. Jadwiga's Church in Brzeg is a Gothic castle church. The Gothic brick-built chapel, adjoined to the south-western portion of Brzeg Castle was built in the former location of a collegiate church built between 1368 and 1369. In 1741, the chapel was destroyed due to Prussian bombardment, with only the presbytery having had survived. After its reconstruction in 1783-1784, the chapel served as the mausoleum for the Silesian Piasts (after 1945, 22 sarcophagi were found in the crypt). The chapel suffered damage during World War II, and was reconsecrated as a church in 1989.

Presently, the sarcophagi are located in the adjoined Silesian Piasts Brzeg Castle Museum.



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plac Zamkowy 8, Brzeg, Poland
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Founded: 1368
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Tetiana (9 months ago)
Sebastian Jakubiec (9 months ago)
Beautiful church. Beautiful stained glass windows. The church was built in the years 1370–1420 during the rule of Prince Louis I. It was built in place of an older brick building, which is mentioned in sources in 1279. The building was financed by the townspeople and the prince. The city councilors ordered a design from the Wrocław master Gunther, who repeated the pattern of Wrocław churches: St. Mary Magdalene and Saint. Elizabeth. In 1523, the Reformation won in Brzeg. Prince Frederick II introduced the Lutheran religion as obligatory in the principality. Already in 1525, the church began to function as a Protestant church. Originally, the church was surrounded by a cemetery where burials took place until 1775, when Frederick II completely banned burials in cities and churches. On November 10, 1905, a monument to Martin Luther was unveiled in front of the church. It was removed shortly after the end of World War II]. The church served as a Protestant temple until 1945. During the capture of the city at the turn of January and February 1945, the church burned down completely, and then for 13 years (until 1958) it fell into disrepair, left unattended. In 1958, on the initiative of priest Kazimierz Makarski, the reconstruction of the church began according to the designs from 1370. During the renovation, late Gothic wall frescoes were discovered in the sacristy.
Przemek Mulyk (2 years ago)
A majestic building reminiscent of the largest religious buildings in Europe. Huddled up to the market square, he overlooks the city as a silent witness to history.
Krzysztof G (3 years ago)
The gothic church, the oldest one in Brzeg. The origins date back to the 13th century. Rebuilt in the 20th century. The body of the church is huge with two huge towers connected by a bridge. It resembles a bit the witches' bridge from the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Wrocław. . The decor is modest, but we've seen some pieces of equipment in the castle museum. Beautiful soaring columns and a stained glass window on the altar.
Wojciech Wojciech (3 years ago)
The church is impressive from the outside with its size and panache, but inside it is just pearls! These stained glass windows, paintings, altar ... worth seeing!
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