Saturday, 15 June 2019

Sławięcice

Sławięcice, the eastern part of the city of Kędzierzyn-Koźle, located on the Gliwicki Canal, formerly a separate city. The village has many interesting points that are worth seeing.

The three-story palace was built in 1836, to which wings were added in 1867-68. On 23/24 January 1945, the Red Army occupied Sławięcice. The park-palace complex was severely damaged during the fighting, and in 1948 the ruin was burned down and demolished. One side portico has been preserved, which can be seen in the pictures.

Portico

To this day, near the ruins of the castle can be seen well-preserved shooting shelters - another sad souvenir of Nazi Germany.

Shooting shelters

In the park, you can still spot other remnants of the former glory of this place.

Monument to the fallen PPR activists
Bridge over the Gliwice Canal

The parish church dedicated to Saint. Catherine, from 1864-1869, designed by architect Friedrich von Schmidt. The church was built in the neo-Gothic style from the foundation of the princes of Hohenlohe Oehringen. The building is made of red ceramic brick with a stone architectural detail. Right next to it is the presbytery building (built in 1852) in neoclassical style. The presbytery was burnt in 1945 and rebuilt in 1952.

Roman Catholic Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria

During earthworks at the church of St. Catherine's, tombstones from the 18th century were found. Sławięcice was then owned by the Count Von Hoym

Tombstone
Gravestone of Prince Friedrich August of the Hohenlohe-Oehringen family.

Gravestone of Prince Friedrich August of the Hohenlohe-Oehringen family
In the forest, between Śławięcice and the Miejsce Klodnickie, a farmer would earn money for himself, take wood with a horse-drawn carriage. When the car, heavily loaded with heavy logs of wood, reached the intersection of forest paths, the horses pulling the load with a great effort stopped. The nervous coachman began to beat them with a whip and shout to start immediately. The horses tried, but unfortunately, the wheel of the overloaded wagon with iron rims became more and more stuck in the forest road. The coachman did not give up, and he continued to beat the horses. Then, unexpectedly, one of them spoke to the coachman with a human voice. If you hit one of us again, this one with a terrible leather whip, we will turn into stone and you will have no use for us forever. The coachman did not listen to the horse's horse and hit the whip once again. The horses turned into this stone in an instant. Simple lines appeared on the stone as signs reminiscent of painful stripes left on the backs of horses by a terrible leather whip. Until today, it is not known what happened to a bad coachman. What's the moral of this legend? - Respect every God's creation!

Stone from the "Black Road"

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