Holy Spirit Church

Toruń, Poland

Holy Spirit Church was was built in late Baroque style in the mid-18th century by the Protestants, who were dispossessed of St. Mary’s Church as a result of the Tumult of Toruń in 1724. The slender church tower was added in the end of the 19th century. Today the church is a university church affiliated with Nicolaus Copernicus University. The most finest details in the church are the mid-18th century Rococo high altar and the beautiful door with intarsia on the axes of the aisles near the presbytery, depicting Christ’s death and resurrection.

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Różana 2, Toruń, Poland
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Founded: c. 1750
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Mikołaj Grajnert (3 years ago)
The Holy Spirit Church is a late-Baroque edifice raised in mid-18th century as an Evangelical church. Its creation is closely connected with the religious unrest in 1724, as a result of which the local Lutherans lost the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, which they previously owned. Deprived of any place of worship within the Old Town, only in 1754 did they receive a royal permit to build a humble house of prayer which was not to resemble a church in its external appearance. In two years’ time the large church of the Holy Trinity was erected on the site previously occupied by several houses. The architectural design was prepared by Effraim Schroeger, who later gained prominence as the leading architect of Polish Classicism. In accordance with the conditions set for its construction, the church did not have a tower – the one that we can see today was added at the end of the 19th century. The church was used by Protestants until 1945 when it was taken over by the Jesuits and became the so-called academic church frequented by the staff and students of the Nicolaus Copernicu University.
m. ch. (3 years ago)
Cudowne brzmienie organów, miałem okazję podziwiać w trakcie serii koncertów świętojanskich.
bibin chacko (3 years ago)
Beautiful i like it there i reaching then very tired but came inside and rest cool air so feel awesome my drowsiness all most gone a way i think is historical maybe Ok interior design old model that's good I am highly apprising this
Konrad (3 years ago)
Historical church in old town of Toruń
Emilian Kavalski (3 years ago)
a beautiful church in the old town of Torun
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