Jawor

Jawor

Jawor, established 760 years ago, is one of the most beautiful towns of Lower Silesia. No one who arrives to Jawor can resist the charm of its splendid monuments of history. The Town Hall, mentioned as early as in late 14th century, houses a unique Councillors’ Hall with stained glass windows from 1897, made in the Berlin Institute of Stained Glass. A theater with an excellently ornamented 19th-century hall is currently a seat of the Jawor Centre of Culture.
The Regional Museum, located at a post-monastic complex, owns more than 4500 exhibits. St. Martin’s Church, built by Bohemian builders in the Gothic style in the 14th century.
The Jawor Church of Peace – a real pearl, one of two such unique objects in Europe, entered in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

 

Beside many architectural monuments, you can find a lot of tourist attractions and places of interest in Jawor and its vicinity:

Chełmy Landscape Park – a protected area since 1992. It was the first landscape park to be established in the area of the former Legnica Voivodeship. Extensive research has confirmed the distinction and uniqueness of this area. It has remarkable landscape advantages, including volcanic activity relics unique on the European scale. In the past, the territory of the park was partially owned by the Cistercians, many trade routes used to lead through it.

Góra Bazaltowa, 367 m AMSL – a hill located approx. 6 km from Jawor in Lower Silesia. According to accounts, there used to be a sacred grove there in the pagan times. This grove was supposedly burnt on the order of Bishop Cyprian of Wrocław (1201-1207). A pagan temple, surrounded by a stone circle, was supposedly located on the top of the hill.

Wąwóz Myśliborski [Myślibórz Gorge] – a floral nature reserve established in 1962. The only Lower Silesian stand of hart’s-tongue fern occurring on greenschist rocks in a natural upland mixed forest growing in the canyon valley of the Jawornik stream. A sycamore maple forest, unique on the national scale, constitutes a strict reserve.

Organy Myśliborskie [Myślibórz Organ] – a basalt volcanic plug with clearly visible columnar jointing, an inanimate nature monument in the "Chełmy" Landscape Park. Located on the Rataj hill (350 m AMSL). Accessible by the red route.

Gross-Rosen concentration camp – Rogoźnica village in Świdnica County, a place where a great number of people the authorities had regarded, for various reasons, as inconvenient, were imprisoned, usually without a court sentence. The camp had served various purposes: from a place of temporary detention, through a forced labour camp, to a physical extermination site.

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