Church in Chlastawa. The Route of Wooden Churches of the Bagpipe Region, Poland

The readers of the "National Geographic Traveler" magazine in the sixth edition of the "The seven new wonders of Poland" have picked "The Route of Wooden Churches of the Bagpipe Region" in the Lubuskie Voivodship. The Route is some 23 kilometers long and leads to the temples in Chlastawa, Klępsk and Kosieczyn. The most beautiful church is located in Chlastawa nearby Zbąszyń. 
The Filial Church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin Mary in Chlastawa was erected in 1637 for Protestants persecuted in Silesia. The church was built in frame construction with wooden tower. The interior of the church in a unique form presents an open roof truss structure. 
It is covered with rich polychrome from 17th century It presents the scenes of the Last Judgment and foliage motifs.
The church in Chlastawa is a historical monument of outstanding universal value which should be particularly interesting for folk architecture lovers. Together with the gate-belfry and the former cemetery it forms a beautiful sacral complex of exquisite historical features. It was profoundly renovated in the early 20th century, and a tower was rebuilt.

You can also read other posts about other beautiful churches in Poland (click)

Mikulov - fairy-tale town in South Moravia, Czechia

South Moravia is a wine-growing region in Czechia. It is a true paradise for each and every tourist. In the very centre of the South Moravia is located the beautiful town of Mikulov. Mikulov is situated between the Pavlovské vrchy hilly area and the edge of the Mikulov Highlands, on the border with Lower Austria. Mikulov is a town you definitely shouldn’t miss on a journey through Czechia. 
Dominating the town is the highly conspicuous Baroque chateau, which it located atop a high cliff. The castle stands on a place of historic Slavonic settlement, where since the end of the 13th century the original stone castle was erected. The present castle is the result of a reconstruction in 18th century. It is the seat of the Regional Museum in Mikulov, housing art and historical collections, including artifacts relating to the history of local wine production. 

On the main square you can admire some ornately decorated houses and the imposing Dietrichstein Mausoleum. You can take a trip up nearby Svatý kopeček (Holy Hill) – at the top you can see St. Sebastian Chapel and a stunning panorama of Mikulov and South Moravia.
In Mikulov you can see several historic churches, including the Romanesque Church of St. Václav, the Baroque Church of St. John the Baptist, the neo-Gothic Eastern Christian Church of St. Nicolas. Other noteworthy historic sights are the Dietrichstein sepulchre, the old Jewish Quarter, Altschul Synagogue, and the Piarist College. 
A stroll through the charming streets is a relaxing experience. And after a walk you can enjoy a glass of superb local wine in one of the many wine-bars or small, cozy bars. 



Kamieńczyk Waterfall - the highest waterfall in the Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains

The highest waterfall in the Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains (Giant Mountains) is Kamieńczyk Waterfall (Polish: Wodospad Kamieńczyka). Waterfall is very impressive all year round and it is a frequent target of the tourist hiking. It is located in the Karkonosze National Park, on steep northern slopes of mountains, on one of the trails leading from Szklarska Poręba to the summit of Szrenica. It is one of the most spectacular and rich in content geosites in the Giant Mountains. The water of the Kamieńczyk stream forms a three-level cascade 27 m high falling to the gorgeous Kamieńczyk Gorge. The gorge is about 100 m long with vertical, rocky walls reaching over 25 m in height while its width at some parts is less than 4 meters. Behind the middle waterfall cascade there is a cave called Golden Cave (Polish: Złota Jama) hammered by the Walloons (Medieval masters in excavating and processing natural minerals, iron ores, metals, precious stones and quartz) and famous for pegmatite and amethyst stones concentration. 
Acces to the waterfall is limited and paid. It is open everyday from 9 am to 4 pm.

See also:
Snowy Ponds in Karkonosze Mountains,
Karkonosze Mountains. Late autumn in the forest,
Polish–Czech Friendship Trail, Karkonosze Mountains,
Karkonosze - snowy mountains

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