Swidnica has over 750 years of merchant tradition and is being recognized as one of the most valuable towns of the Lower Silesia.
Fortunately the Swidnica Old Town avoided ravages during its eventful history and now is one of the best preserved urban complexes in Poland. The charming Main Square, dominated by the 16th century Town Hall in the middle, is surrounded with tenement houses presenting Gothic, Baroque, Classicistic and Art Nouveau architectural elements. Few steps away from there you will find the impressive Gothic Sts. Stanisław & Waclaw Cathedral, the tallest church in Silesia.
The most precious monument of Swidnica however is the Protestant Church of Peace, inscribed in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List as the Europe’s largest wooden temple. Along with a similar church in Jawor, the Swidnica’s Church of Peace was erected in the mid-17th century, following the end of the Thirty Years’ War and a permission for the Protestants to build a temple using instable materials such as wood, clay and straw. Visitors here are amazed with the Baroque interior: encircled by the numerous lodges, the interior is fully covered with polychrome and filled with sculptures. The high altar and pulpit are considered a masterpiece of the Baroque art, while the original 17th century organs are famous for the beautiful sound.
Distance from Wroclaw city centre: 53 km, about 1 h driving one way