The city of Wrocław is the historical capital town of the region of Silesia. A prosperous land in the center of Europe close to Bohemia. The town changed its affiliation several times. Founded by a Czech duke in the 10th century it later became part of the first Polish state and a political center of the Kingdom. In April 1241, during the First Mongol invasion of Poland the city was abandoned by the inhabitants and burned down for strategic reasons. Later it was repopulated by German settlers and became part of the German region of Silesia. After the 2nd World War and the westward shift of the borders Wrocław again became Polish. The city always was open to different ethnicities and languages though. It is one of the most visited places in Poland and welcoming to tourists from around the world.
The evangelical Church of Świdnica in southern Poland is truly something extraordinary. It was built after the Peace of Westfalen (hence called Church of Peace), which followed a long battle between Catholics and Evangelicals in the german speaking countries. The catholic emperor Ferdinand II. won, but he had to make some concessions to the evangelical communities. Some of the reformed communities were allowed to build own churches, but only outside the city walls and they had to be built almost entirely by wood and within one year. Three communities rose to the occasion and two of these churches from the early 18th century still exist, the one in Świdnica being the largest and most opulent one. Since 2001 the sacral building is a UNESCO world heritage sight.
The Centennial Hall (pl. Hala Stulecia, dt. Jahrhunderthalle) is one of three UNESCO sights in Silesia, Poland. It was built in the early 20th century by the renowned german architect Max Berg in Worclaw / Breslau. The monument is accompanied by the Iglica, a needle-like monument built in 1948, a beautiful pergola and a large fountain.
Impressions from Northern Poland. Shot in May and July 2019.
The city of Tarnów is situated in the south of Poland. Before WWI this part of the country belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire, so the town shares many architectural features with other places in the region like a large square and pretty baroque houses.
Usually I don’t use as much processing but looking at my pictures from Cracow last year I felt inspired to work on them a bit. Especially interesting for me seemed the red colours of the historic buildings of the city and I searched for a way to bring them more to the front, wile giving the pictures at the same time a more classic black and white look. Three of them (pictures 1, 3, 4) show the Wawel, being the former castle hill of the Polish kings and an important national monument of the country.