Cistercian Abbey of Lubiaz
Lubiąż Abbey (Polish: Opactwo cystersów w Lubiążu, German: Kloster Leubus) also often referred to as the Leubus Abbey is a monastery built in the 12th century by Cistersians, now mainly featuring the Baroque-Silesian. It's situated in Lubiąż, around 55 km from the Lower Silesia capital Wrocław, not far away from the main S3 carriageway.
The abbey is currently listed on the world's cultural heritage register as class 0 (highest) historical monument and although it's not that popular tourist sport right now it's getting more and more attention because of it's astonishing size, monuments situated there, historical value and beauty.
The abbey was rebuilt and extended thorough the centuries growing to its current area size around 25,000 square meters and the abbey building features the the 223 meters long facade which makes it the longest monastery facade in Europe!
Due to its favorable geographical location the monastery buildings were used during World War II by Nazi Germany to conduct secret research on new kinds of weaponry. For example parts for the V1 and V2 rocket engines were developed and manufactured there.
Currently the abbey is still under renovation that started about 30 years ago and because of its enormous size it takes a lot of resources and time to get it fully renovated, but it's currently open to the public for sightseeing.
Abbey is open to sightseeing in the following times:
- from April 1st to September 30th: from 9:00 to 18:00 hours
- from October 1st to March 31st: from 10:00 to 15:00 hours
Sightseeing starts every full hour so make sure to be on time. Visitors can see the abbot's dining room, duke's hall, St. Mary Church, and the refectory.
Please check out the abbey's website to learn about current price tickets and to book a tour.
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