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Kamieniec Ząbkowicki

Kamieniec Ząbkowicki is a picturesque town located in the south-eastern part of the Lower Silesia Province. The proximity to the ranges of the Złote Mountains and the Bardo Mountains makes it a perfect place for a weekend break. The season in the commune lasts all year round, because apart from the mountains, there are numerous architectural and religious monuments.



Built in 1885, the church of The Holy Trinity is part of the palace and park complex. In the past, it was equipped not only with a clock, three bells and organs, but also installations – central heating and electricity. In 1945, the building was devastated and valuable elements of equipment were taken away. Currently, after renovation and reconstruction works, regular exhibitions and concerts are organized in the building.



The palace in Kamieniec Ząbkowicki is an architectural pearl of Lower Silesia and the best example of neo-Gothic architecture. It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century on the initiative of Princess Marianna of Orange (1810 – 1883) on the basis of a preliminary design by architect Karl Schinkel, after whose death the implementation of the plans was taken over by his student – the young architect Ferdinand Martius.

The cornerstone for the construction of the palace was laid on October 15, 1838, and on April 20, 1839, work began on the construction of the residence. Princess Marianna constantly interfered with the design of the palace, changing the smallest details.


There were over 100 larger and smaller rooms in the palace, a palace chapel and two huge halls. One of them, the most representative, so-called dining room, was decorated with two enormous frescoes: The Wedding at Cana and The Feast of Belshazzar.

The construction of the palace was completed 33 years after its commencement – on May 8, 1872, however, minor works on the building, as well as interior furnishing, lasted until 1902.

After World War II, the historic palace was devastated and looted, and what was left of it was consumed by a fire that broke out on January 22, 1946. In 1986, the facility was leased to a private person for 40 years. In 2012, the commune regained the building, and then began its reconstruction in a short time. Thanks to numerous investments, which made it possible to carry out cleaning, renovation and conservation works, the building gained a new splendor and from May 2013 it is already open to tourists.


P.W. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. JAMES THE ELDER

The construction of the first church began at the end of the 13th century in the Gothic style. At the end of the 17th century, it was decided to rebuild the church in the baroque style. The central point of the temple in Kamieniec is the multi-storey main altar made of polychrome pine wood.


The first monastery building was built in the Middle Ages, creating a characteristic square with a patio around which cloisters were erected. There were craft workshops, a mill, a brewery, a blacksmith’s shop and a bakery in the monastery. In the second half of the 17th century, the monastery was rebuilt in the baroque style. It was then that the abbey palace, which still exists today, was erected, where the Branch of the State Archives in Wrocław has been located since 1992.


(Kościelna 3, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki)

It was established in 2002 on the initiative of the Kamieniec Land Society. In two exhibition halls, you can see archaeological and ethnographic exhibits as well as liturgical vestments and equipment.


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