Church of the Poor Clares

Bydgoszcz, Poland

Church of the Poor Clares is a red brick Gothic church with a few Renaissance touches built between 1582 and 1602 on the site of a previous wooden church and hospital. Officially named the Church of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, it is known locally as the Church of the Poor Clares as it was the home of the Order of the Poor Clares from 1619 until 1835.

The building was turned into a warehouse and later a fire station during the Prussian occupation of the city. Renovated at the end of WWI and reconsecrated in 1923, the church now functions as the city's main garrison church, serving the 10,000 or so military personnel stationed in Bydgoszcz. Of the church's many wonders, of particular interest is the early 17th-century distemper ceiling inside the nave, featuring 112 polychrome panels of beautifully executed flower designs.



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Founded: 1582-1602
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Mariusz Mielniczuk (22 months ago)
Dyżur spowiedniczy. Jeśli sakrament Pokuty to tylko tutaj!
Andreas Cramer (22 months ago)
Das auch als Mariä-Himmelfahrt-Kirche bezeichnete Gotteshaus gehört, was die Größe und "Pomp" betrifft, nicht zu den imposantesten in Bromberg. Das muss aber auch nicht sein. Als eine der ältesten Kirchen hebt sich dieses Kleinod wohltuend von dem anderorts anzutreffenden Neo-Barock und Neo-Klassizismus ab. Das Interieur ist phantastisch.
Jad Rog (23 months ago)
Kościół piękny i modlitwa w nim to przyjemność i radość dla duszy i serca. Dziś byłam u spowiedzi. Trafiłam na zakonnika (dostojnego z długą siwą brodą) który potraktował mnie tak....... że odeszłam od konfesjonału ze łzami w oczach. Szukałam pocieszenia, a zostałam potraktowana w sposób daleko odbiegający od oczekiwań katolika i co pomimo moich 67 lat życia zaskoczyło mnie i to negatywnie. Klękając przy konfesjonale szukałam po drugiej stronie kraty przyjaciela spowiednika, a zetknęłam się z obojętnym urzędnikiem. Kiedyś już w tym kościele pocieszałam głośno płacząca po spowiedzi w młodą kobietę. Było mi jej po ludzku zwyczajnie żal. Myślę, że nigdy tam już nie pójdę do spowiedzi (bałabym się) i jest to dla mnie bardzo, bardzo smutne. Szanowni Ojcowie życie codzienne dla większości tj. nas szarych ludzi jest ciężkie, a w kościele szukamy pocieszenia, nadziei, a może wskazówek i motywacji .... Wiec bądźcie bardziej ludzcy.
NIYONKURU Alain Paulin (2 years ago)
So calm
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