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Domy Takczy in Chełmsko Śląskie - a complex of twelve houses, the so-called ‘Twelve Apostles’, from 1707, built for Canvas Weavers from Bohemia. The Weavers' Chamber, workshops, café. Original Silesian Weavers' Houses from the beginning of the 18th century, known as the ‘Twelve Apostles’, are a unique place on the map of attractions of Lower Silesia.
The history of these timber houses dates to 1707, when the Cistercians from the nearby abbey in Krzeszów invited Czech weavers to Chełmsko. They lived in a place convenient for their work, by a creek, with a grassy slope on which whitewashed canvas could be dried. The houses have remained unchanged to this day (except for one house that burned down) and have a characteristic arcade on the entrance side.
Two weaver houses are open to the public. One of them houses a weaving chamber preserved by a local association. It displays antique objects related to weaving and offers shows on how to make fabric from flowers, which grow directly next to the house, and how to turn them into canvas. In the room, there is also a shop where you can buy beautiful products made of Lower Silesian linen: napkins, tablecloths, cloths.
In the cottage next door, there is a cafe called ‘Sudety Apostle’s Linen Hut’ where, while enjoying a cup of coffee and a local cake in the shape of a house, you can listen to the amazing stories told by Adam, look at old photographs, and learn about the past of this unusual corner of Lower Silesia.
info: Tourist Information in Lubawka, picture by Paula Maciołek