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Rowerem przez "Kraik Rychtalski"


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kościół parafialny pw. św. Jana Nepomucena

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kościół parafialny pw. Ścięcia św. Jana Chrzciciela

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Palace complex

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The palace in Skoroszów is the result of a few hundred years of constant evolution, having originally begun its life as a knight’s manor house erected back in the Renaissance era. The village of Skoroszów itself, located near the border between Silesia and Greater Poland, remained the property of the bishops of Wrocław for many centuries. Sources dating back to the 14th century refer to the existence of a fortified manor with a garden, two ponds and a mill. Skoroszów remained in the hands of the local bishops in years 1249-1527 and in years 1662-1810. In the years 1527-1662, it was owned by the noble house of Prittwitz. The palace itself was redesigned in the Baroque style before the year 1700. During the 19th century, further alteration works have been performed, with the building being expanded towards the east so that its façade now had two additional axes. The Skoroszów palace remains a fascinating example of how a building could evolve from the 16th century until the present day, undergoing subsequent phases of alteration works. Despite these changes, however, the consecutive strata remain clearly discernible. Apart from its value as a historical monument, the palace also bears testimony to the development of the Polish prison system during the interwar period as well as a place where numerous people have been tortured both during World War II and after the war, when the palace came into the hands of the communist-era secret police, the Department of Security (UB). The remains of the park and the promenade remain a valuable example of landscape design consisting of a communication route, a watercourse, a pair of ponds and a recreational area.


In 1222, Skoroszów was donated to the Teutonic Knights by the Silesian duke Henry the Bearded.

In 1249, the village was sold to the bishops of Wrocław.

The very first bishop’s manor house in Skoroszów was erected in the mid-13th century.

In 1399, sources mention the existence of a fortified manor with a garden, two ponds, a mill and arable fields.

In years 1527-1662, the village was the property of the house of Prittwitz; between 1599 and 1661, Skoroszów was divided between the members of this noble family. It was them who erected a manor house in the Renaissance style, although it is also possible that there were in fact two adjoining buildings, perhaps using parts of the previous structures as a starting point.

In the years 1662-1810, Skoroszów became the property of the bishops of Wrocław once again.

Before the year 1700, the palace underwent a redesign in the Baroque style.

In years 1810-1921, the village became part of the Prussian royal domain.

In the 1820s and the 1930s, the palace was extended through the addition of two axis from the east; this redesign resulted in the loss of the building’s symmetry, a typical feature of the Baroque period. It was during that time that the building received its side staircase.

In the early 19th century, the causeway leading towards the mill was lined with trees.

In the 1920s, the former causeway was transformed into a promenade leading to the border crossing with Germany, located about 0.5 kilometres away from the complex.

In the 1920s the manor was divided into smaller parts, with the Ministry of Justice acquiring the palace in 1935 and transforming it into a prison facility and a vocational school for inmates. The new annexes with vestibules and a chapel on the ground floor level were added during this period. The cellars were also divided into smaller sections. The palace continued to serve as a prison until the late 1950s.

During the 1960s, the palace and the manor farm were taken over by the State Agricultural Farm (PGR) in Laski, with the building being adapted for residential purposes.

The building has stood abandoned from the late 1980s onwards. The chapel continued to be in use until 2003.

In 1997, an idea for converting the palace into a nursing home appeared, but the project has never materialised. The original layout of the Renaissance and Baroque-era cellars has been restored.

After 2003, the building received a new roof cladding.


Skoroszów is a village located 20 km to the south-west from Kępno, the centre of the district; it lies on the Smortawa, the right tributary of the Studnica river, in the vicinity of the historical border between Silesia and Greater Poland. The palace and manor farm complex is situated to the west and to the north of the road, which, although little more than a village road today, was once a major route from Rychtal to Namysłów. The Studnica river served as the eastern boundary of the complex, branching into two canals: the eastern one, known as the upper river, and the western one, referred to as the lower river, whose waters powered the mill located towards the south. A causeway lined with trees led from the palace to the mill back in the 19th century, although it might have been there even earlier than that. Two ponds are located south of the palace, on the opposite side of the village road. In the 1920s, the causeway was converted into a promenade leading from the palace to the customs building located on the Polish-German border. Both canals have since dried out, with water being present only in the vicinity of the ponds. The palace park has survived in the form of a relatively small area around the palace, with a few beeches, hornbeams and lindens; the trees alongside the promenade include mostly European ashes, lindens, hornbeams, maples, elms, willows and chestnuts.

According to the surviving documents, the palace was once located at the very centre of the complex. A fountain had once stood north of the building, with a driveway located to the south. A line of mulberries had once led alongside the path towards the village, although not a single trace thereof has survived. As the Skoroszów manor was divided during the 1920s, a new spatial layout has emerged. The palace now stands on a small plot of land ending with a plastered wall towards the east, while the other sides of the plot are marked with a concrete and chain-link fence.

The palace itself is a brick building with plastered walls, its cellars and lower ground floor section being made of stone. The two-storey structure is covered with a clipped-gable roof with eyebrow dormers. Parts of the building feature a basement underneath. The roof is clad with beaver tail roof tiles. The external walls and some of the inner walls are 1.2 metres thick (apart from the eastern section which was added during the 19th century). The palace was designed on a rectangular floor plan, positioned on the east-west axis; its façade follows an 11-axis design and features a faux avant-corps on the southern side of the building which currently serves as its front façade. The western and eastern gable-end façades follow a three- and two-axis design respectively; they are adjoined by annexes originating from a later period than the building itself. The avant-corps follows a three-axis design and is adorned with rusticated lesenes designed in the giant order. On the axis of the façade there is an arched doorway surmounted by the heraldic cartouche of duke Franz Ludwig von Pfalz-Neuburg, the count palatine of Rhein, with the date 1700 (although the Catalogue of Historical Artefacts [KZSz] lists it as the coat of arms of the bishops of Wrocław). The cartouche is believed to have originally adorned the entrance gate and was moved to its present location at a later date. The northern façade - which had once been the front façade of the palace - faces the courtyard and features a 19th-century porch with elaborate wood-carved decorations.

The cellars feature barrel vaults, with some of the vaults featuring lunettes and being supported by arches resting upon stout pillars. The ground floor section of the building features a two-bay layout, with the western part of the palace following a two-and-a-half bay layout; originally, the building featured an axially positioned vestibule with a staircase towards the south. The wooden winder stairs feature decorative, openwork balustrades dating back to the late 17th century. The stairs in the 19th-century section of the building follow a half-landing layout. The vestibule and the chapel feature a groin vault. The ceiling structure in other rooms is made of wood and features the use of counter-ceilings. The doors are adorned with new door surrounds designed in the Renaissance Revival style, made in the 19th century. The attic section features massive structures known as arcaded chimneys (i.e. chimneys which start as a number of separate flues inside the building which then converge into a single chimney at the top), towering above the central and western parts of the building, originating from the 16th and the late 17th century respectively. One of the chimneys also has an adjoining smokery. The chimneys in the easter part of the building date back to the 19th century.

The building can be viewed from the outside. The promenade and the former border crossing are also accessible.

compiled by Teresa Palacz, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Poznan, 7-04-2015.


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kościół parafialny pw. Nawiedzenia Najświętszej Marii Panny

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kościół filialny pw. św. Rocha

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Wielki Buczek

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Church of St John of Nepomuk
Wielki Buczek

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The church of St John of Nepomuk in Wielki Buczek (the village was originally called Buczek and this is the name recorded in sources) is an example of a log structure building covered with weatherboards. It is an example of a modest rural wooden church characteristic for this region, surrounded with a village graveyard with tombs of its former owners from the 19th century.


The first wooden church was constructed in the 13th century, soon after the village was founded.

During the Reformation, the church area was occupied by religious dissenters, who built a new church.

The church was reclaimed by Catholics in 1666.

After a cholera epidemic in 1772, the town was chartered again close to the old village.

In 1812, the existing church was built, founded by Jan Maurycy Strachwitz, a canon from Wrocław.

Since the end of World War II, the church has been renovated numerous times. The most recent renovation took place in 2006.

In 2000, the church became an independent parish.


The village of Wielki Buczek is situated 16 km to the south of Kępno, by the road from Trzcinica to Rychtal. The church was built at the southern end of the village, to the south of a village road. The graveyard and the church occupy a flat terrain shaped like an elongated rectangle. To the west of the church, there are graves dating back to the 19th century. To the east, there is a functioning graveyard. In the north-eastern corner of the graveyard, a wooden bell tower was built. Around the graveyard, which is surrounded by a wooden picket and concrete fence, contemporary Stations of the Cross have been set up, and deciduous trees and thujas grow there.

The village of Wielki Buczek was first mentioned in Liber fundationis episcopatus Vratislaviensis, which was written down in the era of the bishop from Wierzbno in the years 1295-1305, under the name “Buczek”. In the Middle Ages, the village was owned by the bishops of Wrocław. The first church in the village was founded in the 13th century. During the Reformation, the church area was occupied by religious dissenters, who built a new church. The church was reclaimed by Catholics in 1666. The village, depopulated as a result of wars and a cholera epidemic, was chartered again in 1772. All homesteads in the old village were burnt down and new settlers did not have the courage to build new houses there, which is why the village was chartered in a new place. The existing wooden church was founded in 1812 by Jan Maurycy Strachwitz, a canon from Wrocław and parish priest of Namysłów. In 1845, the estate in Wielki Buczek was handed over to Count Henryk von Strachwitz. In 1873, Wielki Buczek became property of Count Aleksander Friedrich Constantin von Mitschke-Collande, who served as the starost of Ostrzeszów. It was him who moved the district capital from Ostrzeszów to Kępno, which exhibited more dynamic growth, in 1856. An impressive family tomb of the heirs of Wielki Buczek can be found at the graveyard. In 1894, the colonies Szarlota and Okrzyce, the village and the watermill were called “Buczek”. In 1928, the population of Wielki Buczek amounted to 258, with 228 of them being Polish and 30 being German. The church has been renovated numerous times since the end of World War II. Centuries ago, it was a filial church of the church of the Martyrdom (formerly Beheading) of St John in Rychtal. In 2000, it became an independent parish.

The building has a wooden log structure and features a the tower with a post-and-beam structure above the nave to the west; the exterior walls are covered with weatherboards. It is oriented and has a single nave on a nearly-square floor plan, with an elongated chancel, which is narrower than the nave and features a polygonal termination. The chancel is not covered with weatherboards and features a log structure. A sacristy and a small annex adjoin the chancel on the southern side. A porch was added to the nave on the western side. The church nave is higher than the chancel, with a quadrangular tower covered with weatherboards, topped with a bulbous cupola with a lantern, which is clad with wood shingles. Gable roofs above the nave and the chancel, as well as mono-pitched roofs clad with wood shingles. Inside the church, there are flat ceilings with crown moulding. On the western side, there is a choir gallery supported by two wooden pillars. Classicist fittings from the 19th century prevail in the church. On the eastern wall of the chancel, there is a folk crucifix. A painting of St John of Nepomuk is incorporated into the main altar from the 19th century.

The church can be visited from the outside. Visiting the building is possible by prior arrangement. More information about the parish and the Holy Mass schedule can be found on the website of the parish and the Kalisz diocese:

compiled by Teresa Palacz, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Poznan, 07-04-2015.


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  • Janiszewski Józef ks., Powiat kępiński z mapą powiatu na podstawie różnych źródeł, Kępno 1928.

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