Wroclaw

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Divine Providence

  ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 29 ,   Old Town          (+48) 71 343 47 30     05 Aug 2019
Marek M. Machnik
This highly unusual church awkwardly squatted next to the modern glass Europeum Hotel features a classical facade and Baroque interior, as was apparently common practise in temples designed for the private use of kings and dukes. Funny that, as it was built between 1746 and 1750 on the order of King Frederick II the Great who was staying in the nearly next door Royal Palace. The first Evangelical Reformed church in Wrocław, the interior is a schoolbook study in Reformed style: an absence of stained glass allows the pure white walls to reflect light into every corner of the elliptical room. With almost no additional decorative elements to distract the eye from the ornate Baroque altar and pulpit, the interiors look like what you might expect if the designers from Apple Macintosh had been born during the gadget-free era of the Reformation and turned their skill to church-raising. The organ is one of the best in Lower Silesia and has been in almost regular use for concerts since it was brought to Wrocław at the King’s request in 1752. Unfortunately if you want to get inside your only safe bet is to make contact with the "Kancelaria parafialna" (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 10:00 - 14:00; Tue 15:00 - 18:00) around the back of the church first and charm them into letting you take a peek.

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