Category: Cultural Heritage

The Palace in Wilcza

n the village of Wilcza, in the district of Gliwice, there is a brick mansion erected in the old Prussian demesne. This neo-Gothic building, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century, is situated in the heavily devastated park. The palace is not open to the public, but you can see it from the outside, when you visit another local landmark, the wooden church of Saint Nicholas. Two hiking trails and the Wooden Architecture Trail run through Wilcza.

Upper Silesian Agglomeration
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The church of Saint Nicholas in Wilcza (in the commune of Pilchowice, in the district of Gliwice), is the third, successive religious building in this place, erected in the eighteenth century. The one-nave wooden church is a log construction. It has valuable equipment with a Baroque painting of Our Lady of Frydecka. It is located on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province. There are other walking trails: a yellow-marked circular trail around Gliwice and the green Centenary of Tourism Trail.
The most impressive monument of Pilchowice is buildings of the former monastery and hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers of St John of God. They were erected in the early nineteenth century, and later expanded and rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style. Juliusz Roger, a recognized doctor and a social worker, worked in that hospital. Konstanty Damrot, a priest, teacher and poet, spent last years of his life in Pilchowice. He is buried in the hospital cemetery.
The church of Saint John the Baptist in Pilchowice was built in the years 1779-1780 and consecrated a year later. Its founder was the local landowner - Count Anton von Wengersky. The sanctuary is oriented. It was erected on a rectangular plan. On the west side there is a tower covered with a bell-shaped dome. In the vicinity of the several historic cemetery tombstones can be found.
Łany Wielkie
This village of Łany Wielkie is inextricably linked with the nearby village of Żarnowiec, which was changed its location in the fourteenth century and became first Stary Żarnowiec (Old Żarnowiec), and later Łany Wielkie. The Church of Adalbert stood in Żarnowiec (Łany Wielkie) as early as the thirteenth century, and the present church dates from the next century, but it was later rebuilt many times. Inside the church, there are precious medieval frescos.
Kuźnia Nieborowska
The magnificent palace in Kuźnia Nieborowska, a small village located between Gliwice and Rybnik, was built by the then owners of a local, small ironworks in the second half of the nineteenth century. The architect gave the palace an Eclectic design with a predominance of Baroque elements. It is a one-story building covered a mansard roof with dormers. It is surrounded with a about two-hectare park. Today, the property is used by the Nursing Home "Zameczek".
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