Hello everybody! Wellcome to a Cultural week topic in “MLC” which is about Church and Religions in Wrocław; we will check all over these weeks about religious traditions, meals and so on in this city.

First of all I need to tell you about the different Religions practiced in this city, the main one of course is the Roman Catholic, but there are also Jewish, Greek Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Around 80% people in Poland are Believers, mostly Catholic, but nowadays less and less people go to the churches, because they mainly disagree with some methods of the Church or they just don’t feel like they want to be traditional. Still a high percentage but the 5th in Europe.

A part of “Stare miasto” (Old town) were a Synagogue a Lutheran Church, Roman Catholic church and an Eastern Orthodox church stand near each other. Other Protestant churches are also existent in Wroclaw and include: Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Adventist and Free Christians.

However today we will share some knowledge about an old one (XII century), “The Church of Our Lady on Sand” at the street Świętej Jadwigi.

First impression when you enter is a fresh air combinated with a peaceful sempsation… the lights even being warm and soft doesn’t annoy your view, even though you get a deep feeling of goodness.

It is a yellow-red lighted atmosphere with a beautiful scene in the main part of the church.

There are several things to notice inside, chapels and such, but a very special one to your right is the deaf & blind chapel for disabled people, everyone is wellcome to The House of Lord.

Outside you can find the Tran rails next to the road, and down to your left as you exit from the church you have a monument in a small courtyard, a nice one, try to find out about it 😉

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It is just next to the islands in Wroclaw’s downtown, the islet of Piasek took its name after the church from this place which patroness was Saint Mary on Sand. The Latin name Sancta Maria in Arena is connected with a Roman church built on the site of an earlier circus. In the Middle Ages the Polish version of the name came into use. In 1149 a monastery of Canons Regular, here also called Augustinians, was established here. Equipped by its generous founders, the monastery was one of the wealthiest in Wrocław. The original temple was erected here before 1148 on the initiative of Maria Włostowicowa and her son Świętosław. The brick Gothic church started to be constructed in 1334. The new monastery was built in stages between 1709 and 1802 on the site of the mediaeval one. Unfortunately, already in 1810 the Prussian authorities took the monastery after the secularization process. It then housed a library and museums and in 1945 – the Festung Breslau headquarters. The monastery was restored in 1946-1948. Today it houses the University Library.

There’s a mechanised “szopka” (Nativity scene) in the first chapel to the right; you can make a small donation when one of the assistants turns it on.
Just a Curious thing is normally next to the church you can find a place to buy a nativity scene for Christmas for a fair price… 🙂

You can find a bit more of info here:

http://wikimapia.org/39032/Church-of-Our-Lady-on-the-Sand

Álvaro de Prado Sanz. (Murcia, Spain)

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Multilingual Language Cafe - EVS projects in Semper Avanti. 6 volunteers from different European countries come to Wrocław for 9 months to work with kids, teenagers and seniors in Lower Silesia district. Volunteer's main tasks are Human Rights and Global Education workshops, activities for people in different age groups, Language cafe in Mediateka - language conversations, activities in Sektor 3, and other partner institutions.

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