The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Ś
widnica, the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, were
built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th century, amid the religious
strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the
physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony
to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran
ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church.