Church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin Mary in Chlastawa

  Chlastawa      (+48) 68 384 98 41     more than a year ago
The northern-most point on the short and sweet Kozła Wooden Churches Trail, this wooden wonder near Zbąszynek dates back to 1637. One of a small handful of so-called 'border churches' (Grenzkirschen), the building was originally used by persecuted Protestants from Silesia. Despite being plundered and destroyed so badly during the Swedish 'Deluge' (1655-1660) that it was rechristened in 1663, the church possesses lovely polychrome interiors with folky, floral motifs, and painted scenes from the Last Judgement on the ceiling - all of which were painted by Krzysztof Penzeliusz in 1651 and have survived to this day. There is also a pulpit from that same year and a baptismal font from 1638. In 1690 the separate wooden gate and belfry were built, and a sacristy was added in 1692. A cool 200+ years then passed until the tower was added and extensive restoration works were carried out in the early 20th century. After World War II the church suddenly found itself in Poland, and the Poles, having no use for an evangelical Protestant church, reconsecrated it for a Roman Catholic parish. Today - together with the wooden belfry, cemetery and a massive oak tree with a 380cm circumference on site - the church is part of a handsome little sacral complex in the tiny village of Chlastawa. Worth visiting for its unique architecture and rural charm, if you want to get inside you'll have to contact Ms. Irena via the number provided and she'll meet you with the keys.


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