PRICELESS MEDIEVAL TREASURE IN SRODA SLASKA AND IMPRESSIVE BAROQUE CISTERIAN ABBEY IN LUBIAZfrom
Situated 18 miles (30 km) from Wroclaw, the city of Sroda Śląska displays one of the most incredible and priceless medieval treasures.
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Situated 18 miles (30 km) from Wroclaw, the city of Sroda Śląska displays one of the most incredible and priceless medieval treasures. The city has always laid on a very important trade route and thus received its town privileges at the beginning of the 13th century. During the construction works of the old town which took place in 1985-1988, one of most valuable medieval treasures in Europe was found. This major archaeological discovery was composed of a hoard with around 3000 silver and gold coins, gold jewellery, and precious stones. The most valuable item found was the golden woman’s crown from the 14th century, which presumably belonged to Blanche of Valois, first wife of Emperor Charles IV, King of Bohemia. You will visit the local museum situated in the beautiful former Gothic Town Hall, and during the tour you are free to admire the treasure, find out about the king’s financial problems involving rich Jewish merchants, and the dramatic time of black death.Then you continue to the Lubiaz Abbey – one of the largest baroque complexes in Europe! The Cisterians were settled in Poland by Duke Boleslaus I the Tall – Silesian ruler from the Piast dynasty in 1175. Since then, the convent experienced several ups and downs until it was able to flourish in a extraordinary way during the Hapsburg rule at the end of 17th and beginning of the 18th century. At that time the cloister’s abbot was not only an important religious figure but also a very important entrepreneur with great political influence as he owned villages, farms, and manufacturing facilities. Visit the Abbot’s private chambers with its impressive Prince Hall that pays tribute to Roman Catholicism and the Hapsburg Dynasty. After the visit, have a tasty lunch in a traditional local tavern and sample some local dishes.
The last attraction is the Town of Trzebnica with the oldest feminine Cistercian convent in Poland. You will see the impressive baroque sarcophagus of the most important local Silesian Saint – Saint Jadwiga (Hedwig). The sanctuary is a remarkable example of Baroque art but also a popular pilgrimage destination for the worshipers from Poland and neighbouring countries. During the visit you will find out why Saint Hedwig is a patron of Polish-German reconciliation.
- Discover the incredible history of a priceless medieval royal treasure
- Enjoy the impressive, enormous, and majestic Baroque architecture of a Cisterian abbey
- See the most important sanctuary and pilgrimage destination of Lower Silesia – the grave of Saint Jadwiga (Hedwig) in Trzebnica
- Have a tasty lunch in a traditional abbey’s tavern and sample some local dishes