Church of Our Lady on the Sand

Church of Our Lady on the Sand

Church of Our Lady on the Sand
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Catharina50
Eindhoven, The Netherlands5,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Incredible beautiful modern stained glass windows in this very large old church. During the morning in July the sunlight gives colourful shades on the walls. Also some very old painted triptychs.
Written July 13, 2023
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Pub Monster Neil
Liverpool, UK31,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Up,out and about on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, my twin brother and I were exploring around the stunning Cathedral Island, we crossed over to Sand Island ( Wyspa Piasek ) and one of the most beautiful buildings here is Church Of Our Lady On The Sands .
This church dates from the 14th century and was originally constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture, this was a church very similar in design to many churches throughput Germany, it has to be remembered thst before 1945 Wrocław was called Breslau and was the 3rd biggest German city east of Berlin but after the Potsdam Conference of 1945 after World War Two with the stroke of a pen and the changing of a borderline Breslau became Wroclaw and Polish.
During World War Two Breslau was declared a fortress city and during the bitter Battle Of Breslau ( February -May 1945 ) this church was the high command for the German Army and subsequently was seriously damaged during the battle ,rebuilt post war with a new Gothic/Baroque look its now one of the most beautiful churches in Wroclaw, its most definitely well worth checking out if you're planning a trip to the Cathedral Island area.
Written May 18, 2024
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Cathedral Island ( Ostrow Tumski) is an island famous in Wrocław for its amazing buildings including the Archbishops Palace and Wrocław Cathedral and one of the first churches we passed on our recent visit here was Church Of Our Lady Of The Sand.
Constructed in the 14th century on an islet known as Wyspa Piasek ( Sand Island) .
Built in the very evocative and extremely eye catching Romanesque style of architecture this church makes for some great photographic opportunities, the church has a fascinating history, during WW2 the city of Breslau now called Wrocław was declared a fortress and the German command was quartered in the now abandoned church,subsequently in the fierce Battle Of Breslau the church sustained enormous damage but was restored post war in a more Gothic/ Baroque look that looks amazing.
Easy to find on Cathedral Island and most definitely well worth seeking out if your in the area.
Written November 30, 2018
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Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Zurich, Switzerland439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Amongst many beautiful churches in Wroclaw - the Cathedral, St. Dorotea and others, for me this one stands out as very special indeed and is the one i would revisit if I could see only one again.

I'm not sure why. It's on a busy narrow street that links to the Ostrow Tumski, with trams rattling outside, but once inside it is utterly serene. It was largely rebuilt after the war, when Wroclaw was flattened in the march to Berlin.

They do vertical well in these Polish churches - it looks a very long way up, and that might add to the evocative nature of the place. On a previous visit with a lovely, now ex-friend, we managed to get to visit a side chapel which was also serene and wonderful.

it is a prayerful and wonderful place, an oasis of calm, and as others have remarked, the windows are spectacular.
Written March 12, 2024
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a pleasant church mostly attractive for its modern stained glass windows. On Piasek Island.
Written August 30, 2023
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Travelingjohn123
Peterlee, UK3,057 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Ok church but limited access. The church is gated off inside so it it only possible to enter and stay in about 10yd of the inside. High vaulted ceilings and gigantic construction but modern and fake - this one didn’t impress me
Written November 13, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,429 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
The main attraction of this church nowadays is 'szopka' (nativity scene) which is especially liked by children, as not only traditional statuettes of Mary and Joseph are displayed, but many different kind of toys, some even motorized and illuminated.

Perhaps Protestants would call this attraction 'distraction' from the word of God. Their concept of religion is omnipresent in the architecture of this Gothic church: pointed arches leading up to heaven, white spaces between them. No distraction.
Written July 6, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Church of Our Lady on the Sand, built in the Gothic style, it has a large single nave with Gothic altarpieces. On one of the chapels was also a nice moving nativity scene with an old nun attending it.
Written January 23, 2019
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Sand Islet took its name after the church from this place which patroness was Saint Mary on the Sand. In 1149 a monastery of Augustinians, was established here. Equipped by its generous founders, the monastery was one of the wealthiest in Wrocław. The brick Gothic church started to be constructed in 1334 under the supervision of Master Builder Peschel.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the church continued to be expanded. In 1632, during the Thirty Year's War, the church was looted by Swedish troops. The new monastery was built in stages between 1709 and 1802 on the site of the mediaeval one. During the Seven Year's War the Prussian government used the church as an ammunition depot.
In 1944 Hitler declared the city of Breslau a fortress. During the subsequent Soviet siege of the city the general command of the city was headquartered in the evacuated church and monastery.
Written December 29, 2017
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