Category: Cultural Heritage

The Church of the Holy Apostles Philip and James in Żory

The church of the Holy Apostles Philip and James in Żory is a special symbol of the spiritual life of the town. The building has a remarkable history of the building. It often fell victim to disasters and was rebuilt. The church was destroyed by fires and it was struck by lightning. Its ceiling and tower fell down. The church was also destroyed during the last war. In the shrine, which suffered so much from disasters, special veneration surrounds the benevolent image of Our Lady of Mercy, known as Our Lady of Żory.

street Garncarska 16
44-240 Żory
Rybnicko-Raciborski Region
in the city/town
Contact data
: 32 434 29 55
General Information
: churches
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: whole year

Monday - Friday: 6.30 am to 7 pm
Sunday: 5.30 am- 10 pm

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The old Catholic cemetery in Żory is located in the vicinity of the parish church of Saints Philip and James. For centuries, the deceased were buried beneath the church walls, and only in the first half of the nineteenth century, the cemetery was moved – although not far away, but outside the town fortifications. On the cemetery, there are old gravestones with German and Polish inscriptions, as well as a stone conciliation cross, which was moved here from Rybnik Street.
Żory became a town thanks to the decision of Duke Ladislaus of Opole and Racibórz in 1272. Soon, the characteristic medieval urban layout was formed. It had spindle-shaped walls within which there was a rectangular square with a town hall and a nearby parish church. On opposite sides of the town, there were gateways leading to Kraków and Cieszyn. Traces of the traditional layout of the town have been preserved to this day.
The Municipal Museum in Żory is a young institution, founded only in 2000, at the initiative of local authorities, members of the Society of Friends of the Town of Żory and Lucian Buchalik, then director of the Municipal Cultural Center. The main aim of the museum is to collect items relating to the history of Żory.
Muzeum Ognia to jedyne w swoim rodzaju miejsce, w którym interaktywna ekspozycja obiektu umożliwia odwiedzającym naukę poprzez zabawę.
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