Religious sites in Poland

St. Jadwiga's Basilica

St. Jadwiga"s Basilica was erected in 1723-1738.  The church hosts the Parish of the Holy Cross and St. Jadwiga and is the central element of the there founded Monastery of the Order of Saint Benedict.
Founded: 1723-1738 | Location: Legnickie Pole, Poland

St. Leonard's Church

The Church of St Leonard was built at the end of the 15th century. From this date have survived parts of the polychrome decoration stencilled on the ceiling of the nave. The church was situated outside the defensive wall of the township and had the function of a cemetery church, a function that it still fulfils. It has been renovated many times, but this has not significantly affected its form or spatial arrangement The ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Lipnica Murowana, Poland

St. Godehard's Rotunda

St. Godehard"s Rotunda in Strzelin is a Romanesque church founded in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 13th century.
Founded: 11th century | Location: Strzelin, Poland

Collegium Hosianum

The Collegium Hosianum was the Jesuit collegium in Royal Prussia, Poland, founded in 1565-1566 by Cardinal Stanislaus Hosius in Braniewo (Braunsberg). It was one of the biggest Jesuit schools and one of the most important centres of Counter-Reformation in Europe and was particularly established to educate Catholic clergy of different countries. The first Jesuits were called to Warmia by its cardinal Hosius, in order to c ...
Founded: 1565-1566 | Location: Braniewo, Poland

Church of Saint Procopius

The 12th-century church of Saint Procopius, in the shape of a Roman rotunda, is considered to be one of the best preserved original churches in Poland.
Founded: 1133 | Location: Strzelno, Poland

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Polish Kościół Świętej Trójcy in Strzelno is a Romanesque basilica consecrated in 1216.
Founded: 1216 | Location: Strzelno, Poland

Bartoszyce Church

The origin of Bartoszyce Church is unknown. It was probably build on place of the castle chapel, of which we have some information from 1404, destroyed together with the castle half a century later by the inhabitants of Bartoszyce. The second medieval church in Bartoszyce, at Nowowiejskiego Street, is a simple, monolayer structure following a rectangle plan. Probably it originates from the XV century, although there are s ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Bartoszyce, Poland

Camaldolese Monastery

Camaldolese monastery was built in 1747-1781 (consecrated in 1791). The monastery has an old Baroque style architecture, its interiors remain somewhat raw. Most of original equipment was damaged. The main altar is quite unique - in Rococo style. Frescos which come from the time of the monastery’s construction are very precious. There are relics of Five Martyr Brothers in the Church.
Founded: 1747-1791 | Location: Bieniszew, Poland

Exaltations of the Cross Church

Exaltations of the Cross Church was built before 1367. The brick Gothic church had three naves and star vaulting. In the 15th century the church was burnt by Hussites and again 1577 it suffered damages in the battle during the Danzig rebellion. Between 1585 and 1945 it was a Lutheran Church and survived from the World War II. Today Exaltations of the Cross Church is a Roman Catholic church. The richly decorated interior i ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Pruszcz Gdański, Poland

St. Catherine's Church

The Gothic church of St. Catherine was built in the beginning of the 14th century. It has a Renaissance chapel of the Kostka family.
Founded: 1320–1350 | Location: Golub-Dobrzyń, Poland

Ostrzeszów Church

Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven in Ostrzeszów is a late-gothic parish church, founded by King Casimir the Great in mid-14th century. It was initially composed of presbytery and a sacristry. The nave was added in 1360. After the destruction by a fire of the late 15th century and by the Swedish invasion in mid-17th century, the church was rebuilt in 1721–1723. Gothic-style stained-glass windows were fixe ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Ostrzeszów, Poland

Prabuty Cathedral

Prabuty Cathedral was built by Teutonic Order in the first half of the 14th century. It was destroyed in the World War II, but restored in the 1980s.
Founded: 14th century | Location: Prabuty, Poland

Gostynin Castle Church

By the early 1300s, Gostynin emerged as an important administrative center of Mazovia. In 1329, it became the seat of a castellan. In 1352, Siemowit III for the first time used the title “Duke of Gostynin”. It was probably during his reign that a defensive castle with a tower was built. Siemowit IV expanded the castle, making it his favorite residence. W³adys³aw II Jagie³³o visited Gostynin twice (1414, 14 ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Gostynin, Poland

St. Catherine's Church

Gothic Church of St. Catherine was built between 1310-1370 by the Teutonic Knights. In the years 1554-1598 it was used by Lutherans. After damage in 1631 and 1648 was renewed in the 2nd half of the 17th century. Three-nave hall church with square-closed chancel and the west facade with tower from the 15th century. Inside there are 15th-century starlike vaults, fragments of wall murals: Gothic, Renaissance from about 1582, ...
Founded: 1310-1370 | Location: Brodnica, Poland

Szczyrzyc Abbey

Szczyrzyc Cistercian Abbey was founded in 1234. The founder of the Abbey was Theodor, the palatine of Cracow bearing Griffin, as his coat of arms. It continues to function as a monastery and is one of the Polish Shrines to the Virgin Mary.
Founded: 1234 | Location: Szczyrzyc, Poland

Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven

The Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven in Śrem was built in 15th century. In the following century, appended to its nave at the west was a tower with a porch on the basement; at the north, a late-gothic chapel was added. The edifice is one-nave, with a rectangular presbytery whose size is that of the nave. Both spaces are covered by starry vaults from the late 15th/early 16th century. The side altar contains a la ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Śrem, Poland

Church of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul

Discalced Trinitarians were brought in to Krotoszyn in 1731 by Józef Potocki, the Voivod of Kiev, the then-owner of the town. 1733 saw erection of a cloister building; in 1766–1772, a brick temple was constructed on the site of a previously demolished wooden church. The edifice’s founder was Ludwika Potocka, nee Mniszech; the church building was probably designed by Karol-Marcin Frantz. The Prussian aut ...
Founded: 1733-1772 | Location: Krotoszyn, Poland

Recz Church of Christ

The Church of Christ was built in Gothic style between 1352-1355. The nave was restored in the 15th century and the interior was replaced in the following centuries.
Founded: 1352 | Location: Recz, Poland

Kolbacz Abbey

The Kołbacz Abbey was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1173 with the original Latin name 'Mera Vallis'. The monks were invited into Pomerania by Warcisław II Świętoborzyc, a castellan of Szczecin, as part of an agreement with Valdemar I of Denmark, who had besieged Szczecin and made Warcisław his vassal. The first monks originally arrived from the Danish Esrum Abbey. The foundation was ...
Founded: 1173 | Location: Kołbacz, Poland

Church of St. Phillip and St. Jacob

St. Philip and St. Jacob the Apostles' Church in Sękowa was built at the beginning of 16th century. It was made using manually hewed larch wood covered with shingle. The church is a one-nave one with the chancel closed off at three sides. The interior is meagre, since the church was devastated during the wartime at the turn of 1914 and 1915. Wooden elements from the church were used to build trenches and consumed as fire ...
Founded: 1520 | Location: Sękowa, Poland

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Augustusburg Palace

Augustusburg Palace represents one of the first examples of Rococo creations in Germany. For the Cologne elector and archbishop Clemens August of the House of Wittelsbach it was the favourite residence. In 1725 the Westphalian architect Johann Conrad Schlaun was commissioned by Clemens August to begin the construction of the palace on the ruins of a medieval moated castle.

In 1728, the Bavarian court architect François de Cuvilliés took over and made the palace into one of the most glorious residences of its time. Until its completion in 1768, numerous outstanding artists of European renown contributed to its beauty. A prime example of the calibre of artists employed here is Balthasar Neumann, who created the design for the magnificent staircase, an enchanting creation full of dynamism and elegance. The magical interplay of architecture, sculpture, painting and garden design made the Brühl Palaces a masterpiece of German Rococo.

UNESCO honoured history and present of the Rococo Palaces by inscribing Augustusburg Palace – together with Falkenlust Palace and their extensive gardens – on the World Heritage List in 1984. From 1949 onwards, Augustusburg Palace was used for representative purposes by the German Federal President and the Federal Government for many decades.

In 1728, Dominique Girard designed the palace gardens according to French models. Owing to constant renovation and care, it is today one of the most authentic examples of 18th century garden design in Europe. Next to the Baroque gardens, Peter Joseph Lenné redesigned the forested areas based on English landscaping models. Today it is a wonderful place to have a walk.