St Elisabeth Church - Kosciol Sw Elzbiety, Wroclaw

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    St.Elisabeth's Church

    by EasyMalc Written Jan 18, 2013

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    Ever since the 14th cent. St. Elisabeth's Church has been one of the oldest and tallest structures in the Old Town of Wroclaw - but it hasn't been one of the luckiest. It was destroyed in a storm in 1529, severely damaged in WW2 and the victim of a mysterious fire in 1976.
    The first record of a church here was in 1253 when it belonged to the Knights of the Cross. The present building was originally constructed in the 14th cent. and passed into the hands of the Lutherans at the time of the Reformation in 1525. It remained protestant right up until 1945 when it became a Roman Catholic Garrison church - which it still is today.
    The structure itself is brick built in the Silesian School of Architecture style. Although previously topped with a spire the tower, at 91m still commands a fantastic view if you manage to make it to the top, or so I'm told. It's a tortuous climb of some 300 steps but I'm glad to say that it wasn't open to visitors when I was here in November.
    The interior is simply constructed in a Gothic style and probably the most interesting features are the tombs and epitaphs of over a hundred local prominent citizens.
    Back outside, two buildings known as Hansel and Gretel are joined by an arch that leads to the church. Much photographed, these buildings used to be the homes of the 'Altarists' who were responsible for looking after the church's altars (I expect you guessed that).
    Situated in a prominent position next to The Rynek you could be forgiven for thinking that St. Elisabeth's is Wroclaw's Cathedral, but the city's most important ecclesiastical area, where the Cathedral is situated, is over on Ostrow Tumski by the Odra River.

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    St. Elisabeth Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    The St. Elisabeth Church (Kosciol sw. Elzbiety) is one of the oldest churches in Wroclaw. The Gothic building dates back to the 14th and 15th century.

    Its 91 m tall belfry can be climbed for one of the best views over the city centre (entrance 5 Zloty, 2006). The original church tower was 128 m high and the tallest in the city, but it fell down in a storm in 1529.

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    The St. Elisabeth Church is situated right in Wroclaw's touristy centre. It can be found near the northwestern corner of the Market Square (Rynek).

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    Kościół św. Marcina

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Saint Martin's church lies near the Holy Cross church. It was erected in the 13th and 14th centuries; originally, it was the chapel of the Piasts' castle, that doesn't exist any longer.
    My guidebook says this church was built in Gothic style, which is not correct in my opinion: I would rather call it "late Romanesque" or "early Gothic", since the only Gothic feature I see outside is the arch of the entrance, halfway between a round and an ogival arch. However, there may be more Gothic elements inside (the church was closed when we went there).
    The plate you see in the third photo is a declaration. It says:
    "- WE ARE POLISH WOMEN
    - OUR ANCESTORS' FAITH IS OUR CHILDREN'S FAITH
    - THE POLE IS BROTHER TO THE POLE
    - THE POLE SERVES ITS NATION EVERY DAY
    - POLAND IS OUR MOTHER(LAND), IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK BADLY OF THE MOTHER

    The truths of Poles - As a sign of patriotic remembrance
    The company of the lovers of Wrocław - May 1995".

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    Kościół św. Idziego

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Saint Giles' church, the most ancient church in Wrocław, lies between the Archidiocesan museum and the cathedral. It was built in early Gothic style in 1218-30, where a Romanesque church previously existed.
    Outside, it is mainly Romanesque. Inside, you can see a copy of the Christ of Mercy, according to the vision that had Sister Faustina Kowalska.

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    Kościół św. Krzyża - inside

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    When we went there, the Holy Cross church was closed: this is not unusual, as many churches are opened only for celebrations. However, we took a photograph through the glass door at the entrance. The cross-shaped church has a nave with two aisles and a polygonal (not semicircular) apsis.

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    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Kościół św. Krzyża św. Bartłomieja% (the Holy Cross church), located near the cathedral, is one of the most beautiful Gothic building of the whole country. It was built between 1288 and 1350, but only one of its two towers is achieved with a copper steeple (last photo).
    At the entrance, a plate commemorates Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus), who held an office in this church from 1503 to 1538. Let's have a look inside.

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    Kościół Św Elżbiety - overview

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Saint Elizabeth's church was built in Gothic style between the 14th and the 16th century, but some parts were added later. In front of it you can see the two small houses called Jaś i Małgosia (Johnny and Mary, see tip).
    The last of these photos show the church mirrored in a building in front of it.

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    St. Elizabeth's Church

    by Airpunk Written Jul 13, 2011

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    Wroclaw has many beautiful churches, but if you have to chose one to visit, take St. Elisabeth's church. It is a masterpiece of redbrick Gothic architecture and dates back to 1242, when it was dedicated to the Holy Elizabeth of Thuringia by the German community of Wroclaw. It has been damaged several times in history, for the last time by a fire in 1976. A 130m spire, added between 1452 and 1456, became also victim of destruction in the 16th century when it was blown down in a storm. The current one is only 96m high. Unfortunately, the baroque organ was destroyed by the fire and the Gothic altar was transferred to the National Museum in Warsaw. Still, the medieval splendor of the church can be seen from inside and outside.
    St. Elisabeth's drawing card however is its location. It is the church closest to the Rynek (market square). For a fee of 5 zloty (2010), you can visit the platform on top of the tower. From there, you'll get an excellent view onto the Rynek, but also onto large parts of Wroclaw itself. As The church tower is still one of the tallest structures in Wroclaw, your view is free into every direction.

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    St. Elizabeth church

    by german_eagle Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    St. Elizabeth is one of the largest and oldest churches in Silesia. Its steeple towers up above the old town and probably provides great views (small fee) - didn't have not enough time for that. You enter the church through the former graveyard by the Jaś i Małgosia houses at the northwest corner of Rynek.

    The church was built in Gothic style by Patricians of the city (started in 1378), challenging the clergy of Breslau. Thus the church is also sort of an art gallery for statuary - hundreds of beautiful tombs are spread all over the church, inside and outside. Particularly impressive is the Uthmann chapel left of the entrance (16th century). The main altar is nothing special - the original altar, a masterpiece of Gothic woodcarving was moved to the National Museum in Warsaw after WWII. The famous Baroque organ and the original Gothic chorus stalls were unfortunately destroyed in a fire in 1976.

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    Kościół Św. Elżbiety - inside

    by Mikebond Updated Jun 22, 2007

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    The interior of Saint Elizabeth's church consists of a nave with two aisles. However, it is not particularly attractive, because a fire destroyed most art works in 1976. We didn't visit it carefully because we had little time and something more interesting to see.

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    St. Elizabeth's Church

    by ZiOOlek Written May 22, 2007

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    The church was 130 meter high when built. The gothic structure dates back to the 14th century when building was assigned by the city of Breslau. It was destroyed by a heavy hail in 1529 and suffered damage by fire in 1976. During this unfortunate event, the church's renowned organs went up in flames. Its main tower is now only 91 meters high.

    The St. Elisabeth Church is one of the oldest and biggest temples in Wroc³aw.It is a trinave building with a basilica schedule.

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    by evona Updated Feb 24, 2007

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    The church you find on close to the Main Square. It was biult in 13th and 14th century. In the interior there are many old interesting renaissance and gothic sculpures, epitaphia and tombstones. Very interesting is the 15 m high gothic sacramentarium from 1455 year. The church have very complicated history, there was a few fires and some build`s katastrophes.
    From the church tower, wich was past the highest in the Silesia, can you see the great panorama of the city. You must go the steps, there aren`t a lift :)

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    Kościół św. Wincentego

    by Mikebond Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Saint Vincent's church is one of the most ancient churches of the city. It was built in Romanesque style in the 13th century, but it was given Gothic features in the 14th. You also see two Baroque chapels on one side of the church. I think it was close, since I haven't got any picture of the interior.
    Well, Saint Vincent's is not the most interesting, but certainly one of the strangest churches in Wrocław.

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    St. Elisabeth Church

    by wroclawiak Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    St. Elisabeth Church with its characteristic tower crowned with a Renaissance cupola stands in the southwesern corner oft the Market Square. From the top you can admire the city panorama. The tower is 90 meters high. NO LIFT. The tower originally was almmost 130 meters high and was one of the highest buildings of its kind in Silesia. In 1529 the cupola was destroyed during a hurricane and was not completely restored. Since no lives were lost in the catastrophe a legend was born that angels supported the church tower. A relief depicting this scene may still be seen on the outer wall of the church. The building took on its present appeance in the 15th century. Nowadays it is a Roman Catholic garrison church and a smaller basilica. The church survived the WW II but after the Was has caught fire three times (in 1962, 1975,1976). Many of the histroch furnishings of the church have been rrecoverably destroyed.

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    Church of St. Elisabeth

    by Leipzig Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    Church of St. Elisabeth

    The building of the church began in 1242 for "Holy Elizabeth of Thuringia", because German colonists from Thuringia were one of the first who settled down in Wroclaw. The tower had been added between 1452 - 1456 and was 130 meters high when a storm blew it down. it was rebuilt but only with a height of 90 meters in 1535.
    It is possible to climb it up but when I was here the door to the tower was closed. Only a hint written in Polish was nailed on the door.

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