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PIETROWICE WIELKIE

The village, which is a seat of the municipality office, was mentioned for the fi rst time in 1373. In the half of the 14th century the Czech King Otakar II presented this village with the whole land of Kietrzan to the bishop from Olomouc Bruno, who let here in 1281 a church built. Since this time Pietrowice had been in possession of bishops from Olomouc and then in 1557 – 1877 in possession of the family Gaczyňski. In Pietrowice R. D. Pawel Schebesta (1887 – 1967), an ethnographer and a great specialist of Pygmies of world famous, was born.

In the village you can find the Church of SS Vitus, Modestus and Krescencus, built in the 16th century, extended in 1822 and 1935. Four columns were preserved from the originated Gothic church. The tower of this church was built in 1822.

In the church there are pictures from the second half of the 18th century (for example the picture of St. Nicholas from the year 1827, painted by Antonin Blasch), Baroque statues and a cast iron tomb plate from the year 1843. The church was enclosed with a defensive wall, but only a part with shooting ranges were preserved. In the neighbourhood of the village, on the way to Gródczany you can admire a wooden frame pilgrimage church of the St. Cross, built in 1667 and renewed in 1743. The church has a rich Baroque decoration from the half of the 18th century, among other things mezzotintas (graphical technology from the depth, by its making a copper plate is coarsened by scratching to have a soft light modulation) with homage of a miraculous picture of Virgin of the God from Rudy, with a view of the local church and convent, made by Jan Elias Ridinger from Vienna in about 1752. By the church a new Gothic small chapel from 1899 is situated. By the chapel you can find a miraculous spring. In 2000 – 2005 a park with a botanic garden with a water little lake were established in the area of 2,5 hectares near to the local church.
The development of the village creates an oval, concentrated around the square. Many farms of Franconian kind from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are preserved here. You can find a laundry of flax from the end of the 19th century and also a statue of St John Nepomuk from the 18th century.