Wroclaw: Cisterian Abbey in Lubiaz & The Church of Peace in Jawor
Besides many castles, you can also visit valuable religious destinations in the region of Lower Silesia. Picturesquely situated in the bend of the Odra River in the village Lubiaz, we will find one of the largest Baroque Cistercian monasteries in Europe, built by outstanding architects. We guarantee that you will be amazed with its enormous size. It is said to be larger than the Wawel and the Royal Castle taken together. It is such a special and famous sacred place that even the King of Pop – Michael Jackson – came to visit. Rumors say that he wanted to invest in the abbey since it has been neglected for the last few years. During this tour you will also have the opportunity to visit the Church of Peace in Jawor which was noted on the UNESCO list in 2001. It has a remarkable history of its construction and the perfection of the half-timbered structure as well as a wonderful interior finish with polychromos. One of the moments when these interiors are especially worth visiting are the famous organ concerts. These are definitely two must-see sites while being in this part of Poland.
We organize private tours to the Cisterian Abbey in Lubiaz and the Church of Peace in Jawor from Wroclaw.
1. pick up from your hotel,
2. 1 hour 15 min. drive from Wroclaw to the Cisterian Abbey in Lubiaz
3. visiting the abbey with a local monk for up to 1 hour, during the tour you will see:
- the abbot’s dining room – with a vault decorated with a fresco by M.L.Willmann, depicting the “Apotheosis of the Hero of Virtues” located in the North-west corner of the ground floor
- the prince’s hall – the most representative hall in the eastern part of the north wing; the height occupies the second and third floors, and the entrance leads from the corridor on the first floor through a portal with the figures of the Negro and the Indian. The western wall of the room is occupied by a musical balcony supported by the figure of Atlas
- the former church of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the oldest part of the abbey, established in 1200 as a Romanesque building; the church serves as a mausoleum of the Silesian Piasts
- the summer reflector – it has a magnificent interior with an area covered with a trough vault decorated with paintings by F.A. Scheffler from 1733, depicting in the center the biblical scene “Miraculous feeding of 5,000” and below, in oval medallions, scenes from the life of St. Benedict and St. Bernard. After the renovation, the room has been restored to its former glory, is open to the public and the sea can be used as a conference room.
4. around 45 min driver from Lubiaz to the Church of Peace in Jawor
5. around 20 minutes of visiting the church, during the tour you will see:
- ambona -the richly decorated balustrade of the pulpit shows six figures from the Old and New Testaments: Moses, the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as St. John the Baptist. The canopy of the pulpit is crowned with the figure of the Risen Christ, who is holding a banner symbolizing his victory over death.
- baptismal font – the first element of the interior of the church; it was founded in 1656 by Georg von Schweinitz. Its base is decorated with the coats of arms of the founder’s family, four figures of angels and a verse from the Gospel according to St. Mark (Mk 16:16): “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
- organs – built in 1663 by the Legnica constructor Johann Hofrichter and initially had 26 playing voices. The organs required frequent and costly repairs, and therefore in 1855, for the bicentenary of the church, they were replaced with new ones. The builder of the new instrument was Aleksander Lummert from Wroclaw
- the main altar – The main altar, 9.2 m high and 5 m wide, funded by the Hochberg family in 1672, is the work of the master carpenter, Michal Schteudner from Kamienna Gora. The painting shows “Jesus in Gethsemane”, which was donated to the church on the occasion of its bicentenary. The last renovation of the altar took place in 2005.
- baptism chapel – on the north-eastern extension of the aisle, there is a door leading to the sacristy. It was partly built on (1704) and partly made of a side aisle, which served as a baptism hall. Today it serves as a winter chapel and sacristy.
6. 1 hour drive back to Wroclaw
7. drop off at your hotel in Wroclaw
Whole tour lasts up to 5 hours
- 790 PLN (1 person)
- 470 PLN per person (2 persons)
- 350 PLN per person (3 persons)
- 320 PLN per person (4 persons)
- 280 PLN per person (5 persons)
- 270 PLN per person (6 persons)
- 250 PLN per person (7 persons)
- 8 persons and more (contact us)
What is included:
- hotel pick up and drop off
- transport by a comfortable car/van both ways
- the assistance of an English-speaking driver,
- entrance tickets to the Cisterian Abbey in Lubiaz,
- the service of a local English-speaking guide in Lubiaz
*The history of the Church of Peace in Jawor is prepared in the following languages: Polish, German, English, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Swedish, French, Japanese and Spanish.