The oldest churches of Łódź Land
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The oldest churches of Łódź Land

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The oldest churches of Łódź Land

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The oldest churches of Łódź Land

The oldest brick churches erected in Central Poland came into being along with the development of this area as a result of the growth of settlement, based on a fairly dense network of roads, and the creation of the early state administration and church administration systems, and seats of magnates. The area of the Łódzkie voivodeship is associated in historical terms with the land of Łęczyca, Sieradz, Wieluń, southern part of the Duchy of Łowicz, south-western part of the Land of Rawa, and the western part of the Land of Sandomierz.

To our days, a couple of churches built over the period of the 11th-13th century have survived, with dates of creation of some of them identified only recently, while other ones, such as the church of St Giles in Inowłódz, or the collegiate church in Tum are widely known and have been appreciated from the very beginnings of the interest in cultural heritage of our country.

Individual churches were converted, extended, modernised, and repaired. Hence, the oldest stage of their existence is legible in each of them in varying degrees, which nevertheless, due to the particularly remote time of their emergence, makes them monuments of particular importance for the cultural heritage of our country.

The collection is comprised of surviving Romanesque and late-Romanesque churches, not associated with the development of monasteries. They were built from a local stone material, and from the 1230s, also from brick.

The collection is not closed and further studies on the churches originating from this period can lead to its extension in the nearest future.

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