Category: Cultural Heritage

The Diocese Sanctuary of Divine Providence in Jastrzębie Zdrój

The first mention of the church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria comes from the inspection report made in 1652. The church was rebuilt in 1825, after a fire in 1811, as a late-Baroque building with some neo-Classicist elements. Inside the church, which is the work of the founders - the Strachwitz family - there is, among others, a triangular image of the Eye of Divine Providence from the late eighteenth century, a pulpit, a baptismal font, an image of St Catherine and a brick choir supported by arches. In 2012, the Archbishop of Katowice raised the church to the rank of the Sanctuary of Divine Providence.

street Św. Katarzyny 3
44-335 Jastrzębie-Zdrój
Rybnicko-Raciborski Region
in the city/town
Contact data
: 32 471 20 55
: 32 474 07 10
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: churches, sanctuaries/cult places
: whole year
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The Witczak family played an important role in the Jastrzębie spa. They managed it from the end of the nineteenth until the outbreak of the Second World War, which was the “Golden Age” for Jastrzębie Zdrój. The nestor of the family, Mikołaj Witczak, came from Wielkopolska. He died in 1918, in his beloved resort, and was buried in the burial chapel on the parish cemetery, at the Diocesan Shrine of Divine Providence in Jastrzębie Zdrój. Later his wife - Krystyna and his son Józef Antoni Witczak are buried next to his father.
The Gallery of the History of Jastrzębie Zdrój is the best place to learn about the history of this young city. The Gallery was set up in 2002, but since 2010, it has been housed in the former Baths II, a more appropriate place. Here, you can see permanent and temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions include the local history of coal mining and the presentation of the interior of a traditional Silesian kitchen.
The Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church in Jastrzębie, also called the Church on The Hill, was built in the late 70s of the twentieth century. The local parish was founded in 1980. Due to the original, modern architecture, the church is often referred to, with tongue in cheek, as a silo. It is one of the places related to the peaceful struggle, taken by the Polish society, after the memorable Solidarity uprising in 1980.
In front of the Coal Mine "Borynia-Zofiówka" in Jastrzębie Zdrój, we can see a monument, which commemorates the Jastrzębie Agreement of 3 September 1980. The agreement was part of so-called August Agreements concluded between the communist authorities and the citizens. The monument was erected spontaneously and unveiled on the first anniversary of the Agreement. It was designed by Joachim Paruzel, a local miner. A short thereafter, during the martial law, the communists brutally suppressed the strike in the mine.
The wooden Church of Saints Barbara and Joseph in Jastrzębie-Zdrój was originally located in Jedłownik, a district of Wodzisław Śląski. The first mention of the church appeared in 1447, but it is believed that it could have been built in 1345 as it is suggested by the Latin date carved on one of the beams. The relocation of the church, which took place in the 70s of the twentieth century, was the culmination of a several year long struggle of the local residents for their own place of worship. The church is located on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province.
The Church of the Sacred Heart is located in within the area of the former spa of Jastrzębie-Zdrój. The church was built by adapting the east wing of the "Health Center of Mary". The parish itself of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was founded in 1951. The subsequent history of the efforts to expand the church shows the plight of the faithful and the Church in the People’s Republic of Poland.
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