"Open-air Museum in Puńców" is a private initiative of Andrzej Lacel, a resident of the charming village located in Cieszyn Silesia. In the building especially erected for this purpose, over a few years, Mr. Lacel has amassed a large collection of items depicting everyday life in the countryside of Cieszyn a hundred years ago. The collection prides itself on unique carriages, britzkas, sleighs and wagons, carefully restored with the help of a professional wheelwright.
The mansion from the sixteenth century, also called the little castles, was once located in the village of Błogocice – now a district of Cieszyn of the same name. Over the centuries, the mansion often changed owners. It belonged to many noble families, including these of Sobek, Marklowski, Lechnitich, and Spens and to the Cieszyn Dukes of the House of Habsburg. The history of the buildings of the present mansion complex date back to the fifteenth century. The mansion received its present appearance in the sixteenth century.
The church of Saint George in Puńców is one of
the oldest in Cieszyn Silesia - the nave was built
in the first half of the sixteenth century. The
builders of the sanctuary followed the Gothic
aesthetic. And despite the passage of centuries,
the church in Puńców remains real treat for
lovers of this style. Especially captivating is the
interior, with a vaulted palm ceiling, supported
by a single column. A similar solution was
applied on the Polish territory only in the church
of the Holy Cross in Kraków.
"Cieszyn Venice", which is situated along Przykopa
Street, on the Młynówka River, is one of the most
charming parts of the city. In old times, a canal was built
outside the city walls, whose swiftly flowing waters were
used to drive mills. Over time, they erected small
buildings along the stream, to which one can get over
the picturesque small bridges. In the early twenty-first
century, a number of initiatives were launched to
revitalize the somewhat forgotten places.
Cieszyn Silesia is a stronghold of Protestantism on Polish
soil. Already in the first half of the 16th century, still during
Martin Luther’s work, Protestantism played a significant
role in this part of Silesia. Today, the faithful of the
Lutheran Church of the Diocese of Cieszyn account for
about half of all the Polish Lutherans. The rich history of
Lutheranism is presented at the Museum of Protestantism,
of which collections are housed in the church of Jesus in