Research on an unusual find in Opole Cathedral

Politechnika Wrocławska

Research is underway on an unusual find in Opole Cathedral. During renovations, fragments of a medieval town church were discovered under the floor of the church. This is the first such large-scale discovery in Poland in 45 years. The research team is assisted by Dr Eng. arch. Andrzej Legendziewicz, professor of Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

During the works, brick walls forming the outline of the presbytery, fragments of walls, the foundation of the Romanesque altar, stairs to the crypt and a fragment of a ceramic floor made of square tiles were discovered.

“Today, slowly from beneath the rubble and sand, we are discovering the oldest church of Opole’s location, and Opole itself is thus becoming the first in the eastern part of Silesia to have such an early parish church. In this way, research allows us to search for the truth – because we have some idea of what the history of Silesia was like, but only discoveries allow us to confirm these theses, and sometimes surprise us with their size or beauty” says the professor from the Wrocław university.

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