The Catholic parish of Saint John the Baptist in
Brenna now covers most of the tourist resort.
Previously, this area belonged to the parish in
Grodziec, then - since the seventeenth
century - to the parish in Górki Wielkie.
Interestingly, the policy pursued by the
Austrian Emperor Joseph II contributed to the
creation of a separate parish in Brenna in
1784. The church of Saint John the Baptist
was built shortly thereafter and was
consecrated in 1796.
Brenna as a mountain resort became popular in the
interwar years of the twentieth century. The village was
visited by tourists mainly from Silesia. In 1924, Bruno
Konczakowski from Cieszyn built a hunting manor in the
valley of the Głębiec brook. The manor made of alpine
stone pine and larch was built in a Tyrolean style. The
interior reflects the owner’s hunting interests. The
Chapel of St. Hubert stands in the vicinity of the manor.
n the second half of the seventeenth century,
the followers of Lutheranism in Cieszyn Silesia
suffered severe persecution by the arch
Catholic Habsburgs. After expelling them by
force from all the churches in the principality,
they had to pray in secret. So-called forest
churches come from that time. These were
the remote places in the mountains, where
Protestants met in secret devotions. One of
them is a huge stone preserved to this day on
top of Równica near Ustroń.
Ustroń is mainly associated with extravagantly
designed houses and sanatoriums, which are
situated on the slopes of the Silesian Beskid,
in Zawodzie and Jaszowiec, districts of the
town. Is also associated with modern and
effective methods of healing and with the
mineral water "Ustronianka". As a result, it is
considered one of the most important Polish
health resorts. Rheumatic and
musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory and
cardiac, as well as neurological disorders are
treated in Ustroń. The resort also attracts a
group of keen enthusiasts, who are looking for
relaxation and active recreation.
The Stone of Evangelists on
Bukowa in Wisła is one of the nine so-called forest churches in Cieszyn Silesia. In the second half of the seventeetn century,
almost throughout the entire century, persecuted Lutherans from Wiśła and the
nearest areas held secret services in
this mountain refuge. Till today, an altar stone with carved signs of the cross and chalice has
been preserved on the forest glade.