WATCH DAY 2020 Pabianice, Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Due to the support of the Kindler Chapel under the program

The 2020 World Monuments Fund on Thursday, September 24 will take place for the first meeting organized in the Watch Day formula, during which we will be able to talk about the revitalization of the cemetery chapel, the so-called “Kindler Mausoleum”, about the monument itself and its history, and at the same time about the role of the Kindler family and other settlers in the history of Pabianice and the Łódź region.



Below is the schedule of the meeting:

13:00 13:15Greeting Grzegorz Mackiewicz ● Mayor of the City of Pabianice Maciej Kowalczyk ● representative of Pheno Horizon
13:15 13:30Speech by WMF Foundation representative Yiannis Avramides ● World Monuments Fund; nomination supervisor
13:30 13:50Lecture: The importance of Protestant culture in Poland Jan Cieślar ● pastor of the Evangelical-Augsburg Parish in Pabianice
13:50 14:00Poster session: Protestant monuments in the Łódź region – cultural route organization: Pheno Horizon
14:00 15:00Conservation discussion Guests: Representative of the Lodz Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments Representative of the City Hall in Pabianice Conservator of conservation works moderation: Maciej Kowalczyk, Pheno Horizon
15:00 15:30Refreshments, backstage talks
around 15:30End of the meeting

About WMF

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The event is organized with the support of the World Monuments Fund. It is a private non-profit organization founded in 1965 by those concerned about the accelerated destruction of important art treasures around the world. Since its inception, the World Monuments Fund has implemented over 600 projects in 90 countries. Together with affiliated organizations based in the UK, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, the World Monuments Fund sponsors an ongoing program of preserving cultural heritage around the world. World Monuments Watch, a global program launched in 1995 to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Monuments Fund, aims to identify endangered cultural heritage sites and provide direct financial and technical support for their conservation.


The Kindler family mausoleum – Geocaching Opencaching Polska Before World War I, the Kindlers were one of the most important and richest factory families in Pabianice, also known for their social activity. It was them, guided by the Evangelical ethos of responsibility, who made a significant contribution to the construction and development of Pabianice, building or supporting financially many of the facilities that still exist today (including the Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary). They also established the first fire brigade in the city.

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The history of the chapel goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. It was funded by Zofia Kindler as an expression of her love and memory for her late husband Ludwik. The project and its implementation were entrusted to the Łódź-based company “Wende & Klause”. It was erected in the years 1907 – 1909. In 1911, the family donated the mausoleum as a pre-funeral chapel to the Evangelical parish.

The chapel was built in the style of post-secession modernism, modeled on the church of St. Leopold in Vienna’s Steinhof. The building was built on a square plan and topped with a semicircular apse. There are pylon towers in the four corners. The whole building is covered with a dome-shaped roof. The rusticated façade is divided by a wide cornice and pilasters. The interior is made up of one nave with a gallery decorated with garlands and wreaths. The windows feature stained glass from the workshop of Richard Schlein from Zittau. The largest of them, in the window above the main entrance, shows angels lifting an urn, which is to symbolize the resurrection.

Currently, the chapel, thanks to the efforts of the Evangelical-Augsburg parish of St. Peter and St. Paweł, the “We Kochamy Pabianice” Foundation, with the support of EU funds and the Grażyna and Andrzej Furman families, it is being revitalized. After the works are completed, the chapel will continue to fulfill its liturgical function, but at the same time, it will also be the site of many cultural events in Pabianice.