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Church of St. Elizabeth, Wroclaw

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St. Elizabeth's Church of the Catholic Third Order of Saint Francis is a Gothic church in Wrocław, Poland. It is one of the most iconic structures of the city's panorama.HistoryThe structure dates back to the 14th century, when construction was commissioned by the city. The main tower was originally 130 meters tall. From 1525 until 1946, St. Elizabeth's was the chief Lutheran Church of Breslau/Wroclaw and Silesia. In 1946 it was expropriated and given to the Military Chaplaincy of the Polish Roman Catholic Church. The church was damaged by heavy hail in 1529, and gutted by fire in 1976. The church's renowned organ was destroyed. The reconstructed main tower is now 91.5 meters tall. An observation deck near the top is open to the public. Since 1999 there is a memorial on the church property to Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a native of the city (then Breslau, Germany) and martyr to the anti-Nazi Cause.
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  • This is a beautiful church that is in the process of being renovated after centuries of use and a devastating fire about 50 years ago (it was closed for many years and unusable). However, it's so rich...  more »
  • Only a pound to enter, excellent views over the city. I'm quite fit but even I found the 300 steps a bit of a leg ache. I would advise anyone with serious health issues, heels or heavy bags to stay in...  more »
  • The outside of this church is its best feature,though the stained glass windows are also stunning. Inside it's a working church not like a museum or relic. It's vast interior and huge vaulted roof is ...  more »

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