Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Marii Panny, Gdańsk, Poland
|The Basilica of the
Assumption of St. Mary in Gdańsk is the largest
brick church in the world, its massive bulk looming over
the delicate spires of the port city's Old Town. Of the first church on the
site, begun in 1343, only the lower part of the tower remained in the
present building, begun in 1379, which took over a century to complete.
Photos from the Basilica's website, www.bazylikamariacka.pl.
|In 1945, the Russians destroyed much of
the city while driving out the German occupation. Günter Grass wrote,
"St Mary Church burnt from the inside and through ogival windows showed
solemn light." The restored church was reconsecrated
November 17, 1955.
It houses two revered statues, the Pietŕ
and the Beautiful Madonna, both from
Also celebrated this
|Virgen del Milagro, Mazarrón, Murcia, Spain.
City spared attack, 1585.|
|Mother of God, Zhovkva, Lviv, Ukraine. Icon crowned,