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Swedish royals make historic visit in Poland

Swedish royals make historic visit in Poland

Published: 07 May 2011 08:51 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 May 2011 08:51 GMT+02:00

King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday became the first Swedish monarch to visit the Lutheran Church of Peace in Swidnica, southern Poland, a UNESCO world heritage site his ancestors built in the mid-17th century.

"Never before has a Swedish monarch visited this church which perhaps would

have never been created without the Swedish monarchy," parish pastor Waldemar Pytel told AFP.

"The visit to Swidnica was included in the royal visit to Poland at the personal

request of the royal couple who wanted at last to see the church built in large part with funds from the Swedish monarchy more than three centuries ago," Pytel added of the royal visit during which Queen Silvia accompanied the king.

The construction of the Lutheran evangelical church in Swidnica along with two other protestant church was permitted in Roman Catholic areas after the 1648 Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in what was then the Holy Roman Empire.

The church itself was intended to symbolise the end of the war and religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants.

The house of worship in Swidnica, which has the capacity to hold 7,500 people, is also regarded as the world's largest wooden church, Pytel said.

The Swedish royals ended their three-day visit to Poland Friday.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:10 May 7, 2011 by wenddiver
Ah, when Sweden was the Lutheran giant of the north defending Protestantism! God Bless King Adolfus Gustavus .

It must be dificult to look at the Glory of Lutheran Sweden by the secular crowd.
13:23 May 7, 2011 by swedejane
I think "historic" is a bit of an over-exaggeration, no?
17:35 May 7, 2011 by janswed
Swedejane is there a subject on The Local that you do not a need to make a negative comment on,you truly must be an unhappy person, perhaps it is time for you to go out find yourself a job. the hatred and the vitriolic crap coming from you is starting to become annoying.
17:52 May 7, 2011 by swedejane
Did you forget your meds @janswed? It's highly unlikely anyone would misconstrue my comment as hateful or vitriolic. But please, educate me...where are all of these witty, rays of sunshine you're leaving behind here?
22:19 May 7, 2011 by Zhorka
Poles are mortal enemies of Swedes. I hope that the king's visit took place only after extensive apologies were offered by Poland.
02:54 May 8, 2011 by Joe Bodolai
I love how respectful and understated the Swedish Royal Family is for a Royal Family. My American view of the big London event is satirical and hilarious.

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