Świdnica and Jawor

We rented a car one day and drove about 50 miles south of Wrocław to the town of Świdnica.

When we got there we discovered a flea/antique market was going on all around the town square.

Jim and Vince (behind Jim) considering the merits of a plate with a windmill.

This is one of two unusual churches, and the reason I chose this town to visit. The church was surrounded by an old graveyard and tall trees, making it hard to photograph.

The church was built in 1656-57 to commemorate the end of the 30 years' war. It was a protestant church built to a design by Albrecht von Säbisch. Permission was given to build this and 2 others nearby on the condition that they not be built of brick or stone and that they not be designed like the Catholic churches of the day. Thus the very different design.

Two of the three Peace churches remain. The second one is in Jawor. The one in Świdnica was closed, but we drove to Jawor, where we found the second church and saw the interior of that one.

This church has four balconies going around the interior. The 2nd and 4th balconies were built first and then the 1st and 3rd ones squeezed in between them. The ceilings on the 1st and 3rd balconies are quite low. The paintings depict scenes from the bible and from history.

This is a close-up of the painting on the first balcony at the back of the church.

I was fascinated by the painting on the ceilings.

This design bears an uncanny resemblance to the Gudbrandsdal style of rosemaling. This is the ceiling of the first balcony.

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