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Category: Cultural Heritage
The Church of St Nicholaus in Rychwałd

Rychwałd is a village just a few kilometers north-east of Żywiec, and it is one of the oldest settlements in the vicinity of the city. Beautifully situated Rychwałd is known primarily for the local shrine of Our Lady, whose image, for centuries considered miraculous, can be found inside the eighteenth-century Baroque church of Saint Nicholas. Additionally, the church is worth a visit because of the beautiful interior design combining the Baroque and Rococo styles.

Location
street Franciszkańska 1
34-322 Rychwałd
Gilowice
Beskids & Cieszyn Silesia
in the country
Contact data
: 33 862 36 16
: www.rychwald.franciszkanie.pl
General Information
: churches
Prices & amenities
: admission free
Availability
: whole year
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