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Monuments - Lendmarks - Historic Sites


There are few monuments in Pniewy. This is due to those times ago when timber was mostly wood, clay and straw, to a lesser extent stone and brick. Pniewy (in the Middle Ages) was a town made of wood. The architectural development did not endure time nor fires that had been frequently breaking out.

However, the  city set-up kept its original spindle shaped character. In the center there is the Market Place and XIX and XXth century houses clustered along three sides of the square. The fourth side constitutes a frontage enclosed by the parish church of St-Laurent.

This catholic temple was  built  in the XVth century in late Gothic style in the place where a wooden church once had been. 

On the main altar there is a fair-sized painting “The Martyrdom of Saint Laurent”  by Peter Paul Rubens painted in the XVIII century.

The stone wall surrounding the church courtyard has a tripartite gate-belfry in late baroque style of the end of XVIII century.



In the Holy Ghost Street, south-west from the Market Place, you can find a baroque Holy Ghost Church. Built in 1785 as a replacement of a wooden one, mentioned in 1714, it was thoroughly renovated and enlarged in 1926. There is the main altar with a painting representing the Descent of the Holy Ghost.

Farther on, in the Liberty Street there is a former Protestant Church from the end of XIXth century, it is now a Roman Catholic parish church of St-John, surrounded by lime-trees with trunks of 340cm.


In the first half of the XIXth century there arouse a need to provide service to the mail delivered by stagecoach between Warsaw, Poznań and Berlin so a brick house was built for the post-office (called in German Posthaltestelle) with a mansard roof. Next to the post office were built the hotel for coachmen, passengers and stables for stage drivers horses were built (actually a coach-inn), topped with an attic turret.  This is a typical neorenaissance building is standing on the Poznańska Street.


The city park and a late baroque palace housing the High School are located in the southern part of the town. A landscape park stretches on a 20 ha area. It features a beautiful lime-trees lane. The trees are mostly beech, maple, oak, and just lime. The lane leads to an early Middle Ages emplacement of medieval castle ruins, cone shaped from the XI century. Pniewy’s inhabitants used to call this place – Swedish Mountains. The conical structure has a basis of 60 m diameter and in the upper part 20m.

The palace was built in 1745. It was remodeled in 1872 by the Massenbach family. This is a few storey structure, covered with a saddle roof, with a marked projection on the symmetry axis of the façade.

In front of the palest there are two big yew-trees. 

Near the Market Place there is the Memorial of Gratefulness erected in 1983 and designed by a sculptor Jerzy Sobociński, a native of Pniewy. 

On the outskirts of the city, nearby the north-southern part there is the Mother Home of the Ursulan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus in Agony. This is where the sarcophagus of Saint Ursula Ledóchowska is buried in a crypt. Since 1937  she has been the honorary citizen of the city and founded the Convent of the Order of Ursula Ledóchowska. Relics of Mother Ursula were brought from Rome to Pniewy in 1989 on the 50th anniversary of her death. You can find the memorabilia room in her old-time cell.

An interesting item of Pniewy is a carriage-house nearby. Actually, a coach inn.  It contains a rare and extraordinary exhibition of horse carriages and coaches, either refurbished or brand new ones by a  renowned carriage maker Michał Bogajewicz company here. Buggies, carioles were shown in many historical and costume drama films worldwide, can also be seen in museums, are driven in ranking contests for stage drivers. These carriages are made for hobbyists of this beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary sports branch.

An additional asset for tourists is the Pniew Lake – its surface is equal 59,7 ha, Pniewy is located on its eastern bank. There is an open air watering-place facing the town. 

(8 x fot.A.Żurek)


Redaktor: Żurek Adrianna Źródło: Żurek Adrianna
Utworzony: 2005-06-22 10:02:29 Ostatnia zmiana: 2006-12-13 10:02:30