Church of St Bridget

 

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St. Bridget's Church was erected in 1396 in the Gothic style on the site of the former small chapel, which in 1374 housed a corpse of St. Bridget, who was being transported from Rome to Sweden. The church was burnt to the ground during World War II and reconstructed in 1973. In 1992 St. Bridget's Church was granted title of Lesser Basilica by pope John Paul II.


The church is best known in Poland as a place of worship and sanctuary and shelter for the leaders of the Solidarity Movement under martial law. The brick shell of the Gothic church contrasts with the more recent belfry, built in 1653 by Peter Willer. The austere church interior is adorned with a unique work of art, a monumental amber altar, which is arranged in the form of a triptych with an icon of the Working Class Madonna in the centre. The most impressive of  these are the high altar and the monument to Father Jerzy Popieluszko, who was murdered in 1984 by Polish security service officials.



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