St. Elizabeth's Church, Wrocław

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St. Elizabeth's Church, Wrocław
Kościół Św. Elżbiety (in Polish)
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Basic information
LocationWrocław, Poland
AffiliationRoman Catholic
DistrictOld Town
Architectural description
Architectural styleGothic
Completed14th century
Specifications
Height (max)91.5 m
MaterialsBrick

St. Elizabeth's Church of the Catholic Third Order of Saint Francis is a Gothic church in Wrocław, Poland. It is one of the most iconic structures of the city's panorama.

Between 1525 and 1945, it was the principal Protestant church in Breslau.

History[edit]

The structure dates back to the 14th century, when construction was commissioned by the city. The main tower was originally 130 meters tall. From 1525 until 1946, St. Elizabeth's was the chief Lutheran Church of Breslau and Silesia and the principal congregation of the Evangelical Church of Prussia in Breslau. In 1946 it was expropriated and given to the Military Chaplaincy of the Polish Roman Catholic Church. The church was damaged by heavy hail in 1529, and gutted by fire in 1976. The church's renowned organ was destroyed. The reconstructed main tower is now 91.5 meters tall. An observation deck near the top is open to the public. Since 1999 there is a memorial on the church property to Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a native of the city (then Breslau, Germany) and martyr to the anti-Nazi Cause.

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Coordinates: 51°6′42″N 17°1′48″E / 51.11167°N 17.03000°E / 51.11167; 17.03000