About That Old Wooden Church in Poland…

This morning I finally found the time to peruse the fascinating panoramic photo of the interior of a 500-year old church in Poland that I raved about yesterday. It comes to us courtesy of Jan Zieba, a photographer who specializes in panoramic technology. Because of the extremely ornate nature of the architecture I assumed it was a Catholic church, insofar as Protestants tend to shun this degree of baroque decorative expression. So you can only imagine my surprise when I focused in on this:

Looks familiar, no? To be sure, he isn’t one of the Roman popes. Check out the words inscribed above his image…they are in German, not Polish, and read: “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” which translates as “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The man in the picture is none other than the founder of the Lutheran Church – Martin Luther.

Further exploration revealed this image:

It appears to be a memorial plaque of some sort from the late 19th century that bears the name “Dr. Martin Luther.”I seriously doubt one would find a plaque like this – or a painting of Martin Luther – in a Catholic church.

Without question this is a Lutheran church, located in Świdnica, a town in the southwest Polish province of Silesia.  Go here for the history of this fascinating – and breathtakingly beautiful – church.

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3 Responses to About That Old Wooden Church in Poland…

  1. ChloeVas says:

    Thanks for zooming in on that. It really is a great find. I love old churches because of the history they tell especially churches, as well as other houses of worship that grew out of the middle ages. The architecture is exquisite. My favorite, the Gothic era.

  2. I am Sparticus says:

    Thank you Bulldog for a fine find.

    I spend a lot of time in Manhattan, and sometimes spend a lunch hour visiting different churches. There are literally hundreds of beautiful ones to choose from.
    I ask that all in the NYC area set aside a morning or afternoon and visit St. John the Divine Cathedral at 110th & Amsterdam. The enormity of scale defies adequate description. I challenge one to stand in the center of the Choir, look out over the nave, spend a moment in solemn reflection, and then deny the existence of a higher power and authority.
    It is from experiences such as this that I take my marching orders.

    As you walk around the entire site, repeat after me…. wow. You can thank me by telling someone else about your day.