A concert in the Swidnica church during the royal visit, Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/Scanpix
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King visits church built by Swedish monarchs

King Carl Gustaf on Friday became the first Swedish monarch to visit the Lutheran Church of Peace in Swidnica, southern Poland, a UNESCO world heritage site his royal predecessors built in the mid-17th century.

The construction of the Lutheran evangelical church in Swidnica along with two other protestant churches was permitted in Roman Catholic areas after the 1648 Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in what was then the Holy Roman Empire. AFP says the church itself was intended to symbolise the end of the war and religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants.

The house of worship in Swidnica, which has the capacity to hold 7,500 people, is also regarded as the world's largest wooden church, parish pastor Waldemar Pytel told AFP.

The Swedish royals ended their three-day visit to Poland Friday.

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