Religious sites in 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

Ruins of the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites

In the village Zagorz on a picturesque hill called Marymont there are the impressive ruins of the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites - one of the most interesting architectural buildings in this part of Poland shrouded in many legends. The ruins of the monastery of Fr. Discalced Carmelites from the eighteenth century. The ruins are situated on a picturesque hill on three sides surrounded by the waters of the Osława R ...
Founded: 1730 | Location: Zagórz, 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

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Dzików

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Dzików is a monastery of Dominicans in Tarnobrzeg. In 1677 was founded church of Assumption of Mary by Tarnowski family and given to Dominican order. It was destroyed in 1703 and rebuilt in 1706. In 1678 holy icon of Our Lady of Dzików was transferred from Dzików Castle to the monastery and since then the church became the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Dzików.
Founded: 1677 | Location: Tarnobrzeg, 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 late-r ...
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

Mother of God Church

Mother of God Church is wooden church located in the village of Chotyniec from the seventeenth-century, which together with different tserkvas is designated as part of the UNESCO Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine. The first document recording the existence of the tserkva originates from 1671. The tserkva is one of numerous active Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church tserkvas in Poland, which s ...
Founded: 1671 | Location: Chotyniec, 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

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Narikala Castle

Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of 'prescribed cross' type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

The fortress was established in the 4th century and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.