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Jawor – then and today

Formerly Jawor, with its medieval castle, erected by Radosław of Bolesławiec, was the seat of the Piast Duchy of Jawor (later: Świdnica-Jawor).

It was ruled successively by Polish (until the end of the fourteenth century), Czech and finally Prussian rulers, who took over the surrounding lands as a result of the Silesian wars led by Frederick II the Great. Twice in its turbulent history, the city was almost completely destroyed (first during the Thirty Years’ War, later consumed by a huge fire in 1776), but each time the inhabitants of Jawor managed to bring back life. Once known for the local sausage, a specialty present on tables not only in the region, produced by local craftsmen in the second half of the 19th century.  Jawor was also famous because of production of  carriages, or the famous Jawor gingerbread.

Today, however, this Lower Silesian city can boast a wealth of monuments of old architecture, incl. the exquisitely decorated Gothic church of St. Martin from the turn of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, an extensive castle complex, or the neo-Renaissance town hall from the end of the nineteenth century, where the current city authorities reside. The real pearl among the monuments of Jawor, however, is the all-wooden Evangelical Church of Peace built in the years 1664-1665. Together with the Church of Peace in Świdnica, the second preserved temple of the type that Protestants had the right to build in the region under the Treaty of Westphalia, in 2001 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

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Churches of Peace in Świdnica and Jawor

Over 400 years old wooden masterpieces inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List.