The historic Church of Saint Barbara in the district of Mikuszowice Krakowskie of Bielsko-Biała is a Catholic parish church in the Diocese of Bielsko-Zywiec. The building from 1690, with a sloping roof is surrounded with wooden arcades called “soboty” in Polish. It is an example of wooden church architecture in the Silesia and Little Poland style. The church is located along the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province. Mikuszowice itself is an old town. Originally the village of Mikuszowice waspart of two principalities.
One of the graveyards located within today’s
Bielsko-Biala is an old Roman Catholic
cemetery, which dates back to the time of
the Confederation of Bar. Initially, participants
of the Confederation were buried here.
(The town was an important centre of the
Confederation), and later, during the
occupation of the town by the Austrians, the
cemetery became a necropolis of Biała. The
cemetery was officially established, when the
churchyard was closed.
"Forest churches" in Cieszyn Silesia are memorials to the
times of persecution the local Protestants in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. When the
Catholic Habsburgs ordered to shut down all the
Protestant churches in the principality, the faithful
prayed in secret, mostly in the forests of the Silesian
Beskids. The Protestants from Bielsko gathered at the
stone altar in Mikuszowice Śląskie. You will find the
place while hiking along the Red Trail from Bielskie
Błonia Blonia Bystra and beyond to Klimczok.
"Gypsy Forest ", a park area located in the
south of Bielsko-Biala, is a literal translation of
the German name "Zigeunerwald". However,
the name is a distorted form of "Ziegenwald"
which means "Goat Forest". In the communist
times, this area was called the People's Park.
From the second half of the nineteenth
century up to World War Two Gypsy Forest
was a spa and a residential district. While
walking through Gypsy Forest you can see a
wide variety of architectural styles and feel an
atmosphere of the bygone era.
The Church of Divine Providence is one of the
most beautiful examples of the late and Neobaroque architecture in southern Poland. It
was built in the second half of the 18th
century, yet many elements were added
during the 19th century rebuilding works.
Attention shall be paid to the elegant façade
with two towers. Inside the church a beautiful
Rococo pulpit in the shape of a boat and the
interior mainly from the 19th century have
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