Category: Cultural Heritage

The Wooden Church of St Valentine and the Grave of Józef Lompa in Woźniki

Woźniki is a town located in the district of Lubliniec. Its main monument is the Church of St Valentine. It is a log cabin construction building with baroque furnishings. In the nineteenth century, Józef Lompa, a Silesian poet and preacher of Polish national consciousness, lived with his daughter in Woźnik, where he died. Lompa founded a public libraryin the town. He is buried in the cemetery at the Church of St. Valentine. There are also tombs of Silesian insurgents in this graveyard.

street Tarnogórska 2
42-289 Woźniki
Lubliniecko-Kłobucki Region, Silesia
in the forest, in the city/town
Contact data
: 34 357 30 02
General Information
: churches, wooden architecture, architectural monuments, sacred monuments, history sources
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: whole year
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Woźniki, a small town situated on the north-eastern edge of historical Silesia, can boast of the history dating back to medieval times. Thanks to it, in the town, we can see a medieval urban layout with a centrally located market square and a grid plan of streets and residential quarters. The pride of the market square is a well-maintained old parish church and the nineteenth-century, neo-Classicist town hall.
Woźniki is one of the oldest towns in Silesia. The local church was built in the Gothic style in the fourteenth century. Over the centuries, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance and Baroque styles, and finally received it present-day form. The parish of St Catherine of Alexandria in Woźniki belongs to the Diocese of Gliwice. It is also home to the deanery. A lot of the local traditions are associated with the patron saint of the church, a martyr from the turn of the third and fourth centuries.
The Florianek Hill rises north of Woźniki. On its top, there is an imposing monument commemorating the soldiers of the 5th Mounted Rifle Regiment and the 3rd Silesian Cavalry Regiment Cavalry of the Kraków Brigade, who died here on the second of September, 1939, during the fierce fighting with the advancing German troops. Graves with the names of 18 perished soldiers from the both regiments can be found in Woźniki itself, in the parish cemetery.
Mzyki is a small, picturesque village located in the commune of Koziegłowy, about 35 km from Częstochowa. There is a church built in the 90s of the twentieth century, of which patron saint is Saint Jean Marie Vianney, and to whom the sanctuary is dedicated. It is the branch church of the parish in Gniazdowo. Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the patron saint of the local church, is also the patron saint of parsons today. He lived in the French countryside during 1786-1859.
The church of Saint Lawrence in Cynków (near Koziegłowy) was built in the seventeenth century. What fairly unusual, we know the name of the builder. It was Walenty Ruray, a carpenter from Pyskowice. The wooden building was erected in a special vertical-post log construction. That is the only church in Silesia built in this way. The walls and roof are covered with shingle. Above the roof, there is a metal turret.
In Lubsza (near Woźnik) there is an interesting Church of Saint James the Elder Apostle. Its history dates back to the turn of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. However, after several alternations the church has lost, in large part, the original Gothic-Renaissance style. Inside the shrine there are Baroque altars and a baptistery. Besides, in Lubsza it is worthwhile to stop at the old school where Józef Lompa was a teacher.
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