The Association for the Benefit of Renovation of the Castle Chapel in Bielsko-Biała
is a non-governmental organization which works to restore the former greatness to the St. Anna’s castle chapel, which is a part of the Sułkowski Castle – the headquarters of the Museum in Bielsko-Biała, both as a museum object and as a sacred place.
The Association basis its activity on the co-operation with the Museum in Bielsko-Biała, which is an owner of the chapel.
The aim of the Association is an organization of found-raisings and acquiring sponsors in order to collect founds for restoration of the chapel and conservation works in its vicinity; popularization of historical, architectural and restoration knowledge about the chapel, mainly by organizing meetings, symposia, and lectures devoted to those issues, as well as by contact with media and publication of materials in this subject; focusing interest around the idea of restoration of the chapel’s greatness as well as its meaning as a museum and sacred object.
An idea of the Association is to propagate issues connected with the castle chapel in Bielsko-Biała, which are to be used in researches planned in this characteristic object of Bielsko’s castle, and to restore is old character. Through the works for the benefits of the chapel the Association would like to revive one of the biggest aristocratic families in old Europe, which left a permanent mark in the history of our city, region as well as vast areas connected with the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. In the second part of the 19th century, Bielsko’s line of the Sułkowski family ruled over areas in Bielsko; Vienna (the premises in the old Matzleinsdorf palace, later known as the Sułkowski Theatre); Brakoň which at that time was situated in Upper Hungary, and now it is Gáň-Brakoň in Slovakia; Neuhaus palace in Tržič; Tresternitz in the area of present Slovenia; Pâncota in Transylvania, now it is Romania; Feistritz am Wechsel in Lower Austria with the Feistritz and Gyönk castles in Hungary. For the last 60 years the Sułkowaski family was consign by the citizens of Bielsko-Biała to oblivion. Nowadays, it is desirable to draw out all the complex meanders of Bielsko’s line of the Sułkowski family, its good and bad sides. Today, deriving from the last 20 years, we should analyze the historical materials about the representatives of the family living at the border of two provinces: Silesia and Galicia, rationally and devoid of emotions.
It is time to light a candle on the graves of those who ruled in the Bielsko’s castle through 193 years. The association hopes that the castle chapel in Bielsko-Biała could be restored in a short time, what would allow the Museum to open it for the citizens and guests of our city.