Category: Cultural Heritage

The Church of St Catherine in Czechowice-Dziedzice

The church of Saint Catherine in Czechowice stands in the oldest part of the Town, near the ruins of the castle and the beautifully renovated palace of the Kotuliński family. The church was built in the first half of the eighteenth century, on the initiative of Father Walenty Martius, and with the help of the then owner of the Czechowice lands – Franciszek Karol Count Kotuliński. The shrine has Baroque features. Inside the church, the main altar and a richly decorated pulpit are worth seeing.

street Kopernika 42
43-502 Czechowice-Dziedzice
Beskids & Cieszyn Silesia
in the city/town
Contact data
: 322153151
General Information
: churches
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: whole year
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The palace of the Kotuliński family in Czechowice is located in the district of Bażaniec, bordering Bielsko-Biała. The Baroque and Rococo building was erected by the counts of Kotuliński, the then owners of the Czechowice lands, at the end of the first half of the eighteenth century. Later, it belonged, among others, to the Renard and Zipser families. In the twenty-first century, it regained its former glory after a major renovation. The palace was converted into a hotel. The building is surrounded with a well-groomed park, with monumental trees.
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