Category: Cultural Heritage

The Wooden Church of St George in Gliwice-Ostropa

One of the many interesting wooden churches of Silesia is located in Ostropa, a district of Gliwice. The church is situated a few miles west of the city, on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province. It is difficult to determine the exact date of the construction of the first building on the site of the present church. It was mentioned as early as 1340, but we know that the building was burned down during the Hussite Wars. In the seventeenth century, it was replaced by a new shrine.

street Nauczycielska 1
44-100 Gliwice
Upper Silesian Agglomeration, Silesia
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The nature reserve "Las Dąbrowa" is similar to a natural forest complex. It is located on the border of Gliwice and Sosnicowice. The reserve was established in 2008. It covers almost 77 hectares. It also has an over two hundred hectare buffer zone. The reserve protects a scenic landscape of the area, but mainly oak-hornbeam and riparian forests with many rare species of animals and plants.
The Central Cemetery at Kozielska Street in Gliwice is an interesting example of modern urban necropolis, which is located in a park. The cemetery was established in the 1920s in response to the demand of the growing city on the Kłodnica river. It has an oval layout, with a symmetrical arrangement of plots and alleys. Two gates lead to the cemetery, and in its central part there is a monumental funeral home.
The wooden church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary located on the Starokozielski Cemetery in Gliwice was originally erected in Zębowice near Olesno. Itserved the local faithful from the end of the fifteenth century to the beginning of the last century. Then, it was carried over to Gliwice. It is archaic wooden structure, with an added tower, was crowned with a helmet and a lantern. The interior, decorated in the Baroque style, dates from the eighteenth century.
The loft in the granary in Gliwice is another successful example of the revitalization of former industrial buildings in Silesia. The project of the adaptation was created at the “Medusa Group” designing studio from Bytom, also known for the “Bolko” loft building in that city. There are luxurious apartments and utility rooms in the nineteenth-century Gliwice granary. The project was soon appreciated. It already received the “Superjednostka (Super Unit)” award in 2010 and secured its place in the prestigious catalog of "101 most interesting Polish buildings of the decade."
Smolnica, now lying in the district of Gliwice, in the commune of Sośnicowice, as its name suggests (Smoleń means “pitch” in Polish) was a village traditionally inhabited by charcoal and pitch burners. The first mention of the village dates back to the thirteenth century. In the second half of the fourteenth century, a parish was established in the village. We do not know when the first church was erected in Smolnica, or where it was located. The present church of Saint Bartholomew was founded as a Lutheran church at the beginning of the seventeenth century.
The church of Saint Archangel Michael in Żernica the best preserved wooden churches in Upper Silesia. According to recent studies, it was built in 1661, and the tower probably already in 1518. The recently uncovered Baroque wall paintings, created shortly after the construction of the church, are of great value. They were completed in the first half of the eighteenth century. The building is a log cabin construction. The columnar tower was covered with a pyramidal dome.
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