Church of St George

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Olesnica, Poland
Church of St George  - The Hosue of Widows, not school of music
Church of St George  - Chopin monument
Church of St George  - Church of St George
Church of St George  - Church of St George
Church of St George  - Church of St George

Church of St George Olesnica Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Church of St George Dec 05, 2015
The church in the northernmost end of the old town is known as St George: originally founded as hospital chapel, it later became the church of an Augustine convent and, from the 16th century onwards, a Lutheran parish church. If you arrive by car you will probably enter the old town from this side, via the roundabout, so this one will be the first church you pass. The brick gothic church dates from the late middle ages. The renaissance porch was added in the 16th century. In the 1930 the interior underwent a thorough renovation. I have no information about the spire, but its strange and neither medieval nor baroque shape makes me suspect that it is also a product of this renovation – rebuilt after World War II, of course. Like most buildings in town it suffered severe damage at the end of World War II. in May 1945.

The church used to be protestant until 1945. Since the repair and rebuilding in the 1960s it has been used by the orthodox community, so there cannot be much of the original interior preserved. It was, you guessed it, closed... The triple cross and the two icons on the facade above the entrance indicate the orthodox denomination.

The baroque house with the mansard roof opposite the church of St George, known as Dom wdów, the House of the Widows, dates from 1683. The construction was financed by Prince Silvius Friedrich of Württemberg, then the owner and resident of the castle. It provided housing for the widows of parsons and school teachers, who had to leave the official residence after their husbands’ death and had nowhere to stay and just a very small widows’ pension.

Nowadays the building hosts the state music school. The flag on the facade indicates that the school were celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015. A monument to Poland’s most famous composer, Fryderyk (Frederic) Chopin, has been put up in the front garden – to be honest, it is so ugly that I doubt Chopin would be too happy with it…
Church of St George
Church of St George
Church of St George
The Hosue of Widows, not school of…
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