Churches of Peace World Heritage Site

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Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Swidnica- Kosciol Pokoju 01.jpg
Church of Peace in Świdnica
LocationLower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
CriteriaCultural: iii, iv, vi
Reference1054
Inscription2001 (25th session)
Churches of Peace is located in Poland
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1 = Jawor, 2 = Świdnica

The Churches of Peace (Polish: Kościoły Pokoju, German: Friedenskirchen) in Jawor (German: Jauer) and Świdnica (German: Schweidnitz) in Silesia were named after the Peace of Westphalia of 1648.

It permitted the Lutherans of Silesia to build three churches from wood, loam and straw outside the city walls, without steeples and church bells. The construction time was limited to one year. The third Peace church, erected in Głogów (then German Glogau), burned down in 1758.

Since 2001, the two remaining churches are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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