Category: Cultural Heritage

The Wooden Church of All Saints in Bojszów

Bojszów is a village located in the commune of Rudziniec in the district of Gliwice. The village boasts a monument, which is a wooden Church of All Saints. Bojszów was mentioned as early as the fourteenth century. At that time there was a church here. The Church of All Saints was erected in the sixteenth century. Due to the construction of a new brick building in 1982, the wooden church is rarely used. The church is located on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province.

street Kościelna 14
44-160 Bojszów
Upper Silesian Agglomeration
in the country
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: churches, wooden architecture, architectural monuments, sacred monuments, history sources
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: admission free
: whole year
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The historic church in Rachowice is one of the interesting places of worship in the district of Gliwice. The sanctuary lies on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province. Rachowice is one of the oldest villages in the region. The local parish is mentioned for the first time at the beginning of the fourteenth century. The present church is the result of construction work carried out in the following centuries. The sanctuary is made of wood and brick.
For decades, bells, which toll in the shrines all over the world, have been cast in Tarciszów near Gliwice. The Felczyńkis, a well-known Polish family of bell-founders, manufacture bells here. The tradition of the bell foundry dates back to 1808 and is associated with Kalush, a town in Eastern Galicia, and in Tarciszów to the time after World War II. One of the bells recently cast here is "The Heart of Łódź", which first sounded over Łódź in June 2012.
The palace and park in Pławniowice, in the district of Gliwice, in the commune of Rudziniec, now serve as part of the Centre for Education and Formation of Gliwice Diocese. It is easy to get there, because the center lies at the intersection of the A4 motorway and the national road No 40, between Gliwice and Strzelce Opolskie. The main part of the complex is a palace of the Ballestrem family, which was built in the years 1882-1885. It is surrounded by a small, historic park. In this park there are many interesting and exotic species of trees.
Next to the palace of the Ballestrems in Pławniowice there is a slightly smaller building erected at the same time. It features Eclectic architecture with strong neoGothic elements. This is called “Kavalier Haus”, which means “Bachelor's House”. It built was by Franz Ballestrem for his son, Leon. This building, which served as his temporary lodgings, later became a luxurious residence, designed for guests coming to Pławniowice.
The church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, located in Sierakowice, in the district of Gliwice, is a branch church of the parish in Rachowice. Of particular interest to those interested in monuments are paintings covering the entire interior of the church. They depict scenes from the Bible. These paintings were for a long time beneath the successive coat of the pain. They were discovered at the beginning of this century. The Sierakowice shrine is one of the monuments on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province.
The church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Rudziniec belongs to the group of historic wooden churches of the district of Gliwice It is now a parish church in the deanery of Ujazd of the Diocese of Opole. The shrine is known for the interior polychromy, whose composition refers to an idea of the Trinity, scenes from the life of Christ, the saints, and ornaments. It is alsoone of the monuments on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province.
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