Pomeranian Cistercian Route
Pomeranian Cistercian Route on the territory of the Pomeranian Voivodeship consist of three major post Cistercian complexes: Oliwa, Pelplin and Żarnowiec. These objects - the Pomeranian Cistercian Loop is one of the four loops that make up the network of Cistercian trails in Poland as a part of European cultural routes.
The former glory and richness of the Cistercian monasteries are represented by smaller objects (parish churches, chapels, manors and farm buildings). They represent the attractiveness of the region, which also has enormous natural, landscape and economic potential, well developed tourist base and extensive communication network. Pomerania's enormous fortune is to have a fairly well-preserved Cistercian heritage in the form of sacred architecture, monastic conception and the cultural initiatives that are taking place around them, which give a real chance to develop tourism. This is made possible by the presentation of the most attractive places to discover the material and spiritual culture of each object in the context of social, cultural and geographical specificity.
The Pomeranian Cistercian Route is home to the works of 17th-century artist Hermann Hahn, connected with the life and work of Cistercians in Pomerania. Among many monuments of art of Pomeranian temples particular attention is paid to his paintings: Death of Mary Magdalene, Vision of St. Bernard, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Observers of the Shepherds (in the Cathedral Basilica in Pelplin), the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Prussian Assault on the Monastery of Oliwa and the tables of founders and benefactors of the abbey (in the Oliwa Temple). The masterpieces of Hahn and his disciples can also be seen in other Pomeranian churches in Puck, Jastarnia, Mechowo, Pręgowo or Czersk.
Also great are the organs: large 18th-century of the Oliwa convent (the instrument has been modernized, making it one of the most magnificent in the world) or the seventeenth and nineteenth-century in Pelplin and Koronowo. With these instruments, international festivals take place annually in the summer months.
Great parish legacies are kept in the Diocesan Museum in Pelplin, the Archdiocesan Museum in Gdansk or the National Museum in Gdansk.
Despite the absence of Cistercians in their ancient temples, religious and cultural life is vibrant there. In the third weekend of September Cistercian Fairs in Pelplin are being organized, and in the first weekend of July Cistercian Festivals in Koronowo take place; indulgence of St. Anna in Żarnowiec - pilgrimage from Nadole to Lubkowo by fishing boats through Żarnowieckie Lake take place and other initiatives consolidate the cultural heritage of gray monks in Pomerania.
Monastery in Zarnowiec (photo: Municipality of Krokowa)
Church in Starzyno
Church in Mechowo (photo: Jan P. Dettlaff)