Category: Cultural Heritage

The Church of St James in Racibórz

The church of Saint James is located at the Racibórz market square. It is a post-Dominican church, which was part of the former monastery, dating from the fifteenth century. Dominicans were brought to Raciborz at the end of the first half of the thirteenth century. The church building has a rather checkered history. It was burned down in fires, and as a result, was rebuilt many times. The Dominican monastery standing next to the church was demolished after the dissolution of the monasteries in Prussia in 1810.
square Rynek
47-400 Racibórz
Rybnicko-Raciborski Region
in the city/town centre
Contact data
: 32 415 49 08 Parafia
General Information
: churches, architectural monuments
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: whole year
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Racibórz, one of the oldest towns in Upper Silesia, still retains a clear medieval urban layout. The market square is situated in its center. Streets run out of the square forming a distinctive grid plan. In 1945, the Racibórz Old Town was almost completely destroyed. Therefore, its modern buildings around the square represent pseudo-Renaissance style. The center of the market square is decorated with an original, Baroque Marian column.
The parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the oldest parishes in Racibórz. It now comprises the city center. According to tradition, the sanctuary itself, located in the southern corner of the market square, dates back to the twelfth century, but scholars hold the opinions that it was erected a little later. In the course of time, the Gothic building underwent reconstructions. In particular, the church suffered during the war, but after the war, the church was thoroughly renovated.
The Racibórz Cultural Centre is one of the most important places on the cultural map of Racibórz. As befits the distinguished institution, it is housed in an old historic townhouse at 21 Chopina Street. The house was rebuilt in the Classicist style in the first half of the 19th century. In 1846, piano virtuoso Franz Liszt gave a performance in its elegant concert hall. In the interwar period, the hotel “German House” operated in it.
The church of Holy Spirit of Racibórz is a fourteenth-century building. For ages, its history was associated with the nearby Dominican monastery. The convent in the monastery, which daughter of the local dukes entered, was one of the main religious and cultural centers in the area. Nowadays, inside the building, which after the dissolution of the monasteries in Prussia in 1810 went through various vicissitudes, there is a museum with some interesting exhibitions, including an archaeological one.
Of the impressive defense system of Racibórz, which was being constructed throughout the Middle Ages until the early Modern Times, a few fragments of the walls and the building known as the 'Tower Prison” have been preserved to this day. The tower is the most distinctive part of the city walls. Its image can be found on the logo of the city, as well as on the commemorative coin from 2007. The tower was built in the second half of the sixteenth century.
The District Court building at Nowa Street in Racibórz was built in the years 1823-1826 as the seat of the Prussian Higher Court for the Province of Upper Silesia. The designer of the monumental neo-Classicist building was the most prominent German architect of the first half of the nineteenth century, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The building still serves the judiciary, and its simple but harmonious and elegant form is impressive.
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