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The most unique protestant church in Poland is Wang Church in Karpacz (first from the left).   It was built at the turn of the 12’th century in the south of Norway, in the town of Vang. It has a unique charm and is a very unique.  In the 19’th century the Vang church turned out to be too small and needed expensive repairing, so it was decided that the church would be sold. The local parish needed the money to pay back the loan that had been taken out for a new church.  It was purchased by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, dismantled, shipped in boxes to Szczecin, then to the Altes Museum in Berlin in 1841, and then transported to Karpacz to serve the local Luthereans. In 1942 King Frederick William IV himself laid the foundation stone and  in 1844, the church was officially opened and consecrated, in the presence of the king and his wife, Prince Frederick of the Netherlands and other prominent figures. Bells rang in the steeple of this highest located church of Silesia, announcing that the same church service as in Norway would go on. 
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The Vang church follows the example of the best Scandinavian sacral wooden architecture, being a priceless work of old Nordic art. It was built without a single nail. It was built to resemble a Viking ship, assembled with the use of only treenails and wooden daps. It was made of Norwegian pine, which is saturated with resin and therefore very durable. The portals bear the images of winged dragons that tear apart a horizontally placed number eight figure. The scene may symbolize the eternal and never-ending struggle between good and evil.
The opposite northern portal was carved in the first half of the 12’th century, as we know from a runic inscription on the door frame. (Runes were characters of a writing system that was used at the beginning of our era by the peoples of northern and north-western Europe. They probably originated outside the Latin culture and bore a resemblence to the Greek or Latin alphabets, and as rural writing system or ornament it was used by the Scandinavians as late as the 19’th century. The word ‘run’, meaning ‘secret’, indicates a secret writing). The door frame bear the images of Viking faces, warriors with forked tongues that symbolize passage of knowledge and wisdom to next generations.  The Vang church is an example of how pagan elements mixed with Scandinavian Christianity.
The Evangelical-Augsburg Parish offers accommodation, a bookshop, masses for tourists, also in German (from mid-May to September).  The Vang church is widely known to be a church of happy marriages.  Next to the church there is a health care clinic of the Vang Deacony.  



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