Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Church of Saint Hedwig

The Church of Saint Hedwig in Opava, Czech Republic (here depicted in LEGO form by Hana129) has a history as interesting as it looks. Construction was begun on this cubist design in 1933, but in 1938 German troops moved in. They used the church itself as a weapons storehouse and the tower as a lookout. Under Communist rule it continued to be used as a storehouse for medical equipment. It was only after the collapse of Soviet control that it could return to its original use. The church was consecrated in 1993 and the final details (e.g. the cross on the tower) were completed in 1999. I see this as a sign or renewal that this site ultimately was redeemed after the two oppressive regimes that interrupted its intended use.

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