Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saint Margaret's Church in Bytom - it was here before Christopher Columbus discovered America.

31st August 2014

Yesterday Bytom celebrated 760 years old. So it means Saint Margaret's Roman Catholic Church was built earlier than Bytom city came into existence. The photos below were taken on 24th August 2014.
Saint Margaret's Church is surrounded by graveyard.






Saint Margaret’s Hill in Bytom, popularly called Małgorzata, which in Polish is a diminutive for Margaret, rises to the south of the today’s city centre. A Piast stronghold, protected by the backwater of the small river Bytomka, was built on the top of the hill. In 1160s, Duke Bolesław IV the Curly of Kraków had funded a church here. The foundation of the chuch was presented on the so called Jaksa Tympanum, which once adorned the church of Saint Michael in Wrocław. Nowadays, on the hill, there is a neo-Gothic church surrounded by a graveyard.




Around the graveyard there is the Way of Cross.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a nice Sunday

20 comments:

  1. I love being able to travel through your blog, Gosia. Thank you for showing us your world.

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  2. Thanks for this, a lovely church and the history, amazing

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  3. Cemeteries are usually nice places to visit, even if you become sad at times when reading graves.

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    1. Andrew, I agree with you me too.

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  4. That is a very different church with the colour on it, however very impressive. I do like looking through graveyards, so interesting. My Polish girlfriend & I when teenagers used to visit our local graveyard and tidy many graves. We did this because there was no one in Poland to keep her father's grave tidy....by doing what we did, it made her feel better, if you can understand that...

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  5. What a lovely collection of photos. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  6. Such incredible history! 760 years! I wasn't even born yet!

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    1. Mitchell., I understand you. I wasn't born too. What a coincidence.

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  7. interesting cemetery. i like the church! the stations of the cross markers are nice, too.

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  8. Good to see you out and about enjoying your Summer, at St Margaret's Church with it's very well cared for cemetery, as you know from your comment on my blog (thank you!) we are just about to start our count down to summer in Australia :)
    Wren x

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  9. Looks like a fascinating place to visit! I thoroughly enjoyed the short history lesson! Wow, that is an ancient church!

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  10. Peaceful and so pretty with all the flowers.

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  11. I would enjoy walking along the paths here. It looks like a very interesting place.

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  12. Fascinating photos and history, Gosia.

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  13. i enjoy the roof ... very outstanding from the air i bet.
    sorry i am late commenting ... i have been away. ( :

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