58-100 Świdnica, Poland
Świdnica Cathedral also called The St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus Cathedral in Świdnica (Katedra św. Stanisława i św. Wacława w Świdnicy) is an impressive Gothic-style church built in the 14th century during the reign of Duke Bolko II of Świdnica, rebuilt and renovated many times thereafter, that is situated very near the historical old market square.
Świdnica Cathedral has numerous very interesting historical artifacts inside of it and also an impressive tower which is 102 meters high and thus is the tallest construction of that type in the whole Silesia region.
During centuries of turbulent history of the Lower Silesia region the cathedral fell from hands to hands of different countries and churches. It had belonged to Protestants, Jesuits, Prussia, Czechia and now it is under Polish jurisdiction and is managed by the Catholic Church. The building became the cathedral In 2004 when Pope John Paul II established the Catholic Diocese of Świdnica there.
Main monuments worth seeing in the Świdnica Cathedral are:
- The Central Nave
- The Main Altar
- Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception
- The Altar of the Holy Cross
- The Pulpit
- Musical Metroneum
- chapels: Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, Chapel of Our Lady of Świdnica, Magi Chapel, Chapel of St. Joseph, Chapel of Marian Brotherhood, Chapel of St. Ignatius
- many more monuments not listed here (please ask your guide)
The Świdnica Cathedral is open to the public and you can visit any time free of charge because it's a regular church where masses and services are held on a daily basis. However, it's recommended to book a sightseeing tour with the church guide and establish the time of the visit especially if you're with a larger group.
Check out the sightseeing times and prices on the church's website (also available in English).
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