Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationJawor and Świdnica counties, Lower Silesian (Dolnoslaskie) Voivodship
CoordinatesN51 3 15.4 E16 11 45.4
Inscription Date2001
Property (ha)0.23
Buffer Zone (ha)12
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number1054
DescriptionThe Churches of Peace in Jawor and widnica, the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, were built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th century, amid the religious strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church.
StatusWorld Heritage Site