Photographer's Note

My parents come originally from the village of Ryglice. As a child, I spent many summer holidays with my cousins in the countryside around Ryglice. I must say it is a beautiful place especially if you do some walking. I always wanted to get back there to photograph this lovely church. This time again I had only a brief moment for a photo. The whole setting appears well lit but actually the church was under a cloud, so I decided to enhance it a bit with pseudo-HDR processing (from one exposure). I intend to visit this place again in a couple of weeks so maybe I will have a better light then.

This is St. Catherine Church in Ryglice. The church was built in the years 1928-40. It is an eclectic building with elements of neo-Romanesque and neo-renaissance architecture.

I was surprised to find in Wikipedia that the village (now formally a town) has such a rich history:

First documented mention of Ryglice comes from the year 1301, when Duke and later King Władysław I the Elbow-high allowed local noblemen Władysław Burza and Wawrzyniec Kielanowski to own the village. Ryglice prospered during the reign of Casimir III the Great, but it did not receive a town charter, remaining a village. Wars of the 17th century, such as the Swedish invasion of Poland, devastated Ryglice. In 1656, a skirmish between Polish and Swedish soldiers took place here, after which the local stream was called Szwedka (literally meaning Swede). Following the Partitions of Poland, Ryglice was annexed by the Habsburg Empire, as part of Galicia (1772–1918). Local peasants actively participated in the Galician slaughter, murdering members of the nobility. In November 1914, during World War I, the village was captured by the Russians, who remained here until May 1915. There are several World War I military cemeteries in the area of Ryglice.
During World War II, Ryglice's Jewish community was murdered by the Germans in the Holocaust. In 1940, the Germans burned a synagogue. In the late 1944/early 1945, most of the village, together with the town hall, three bridges, and 18th century buildings, was burned by the Germans, who retreated on January 17, 1945.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7657 W: 106 N: 20008] (76557)
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