Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń
|Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń
Bazylika Matki Bożej Bolesnej Królowej Polski w Licheniu (Polish)
Front view of the Basilica
|Location||Licheń Stary, Poland|
|Affiliation||Catholic (Roman Rite)|
|Province||Archdiocese of Poznań|
The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń [ˈlixɛɲ] is a Roman Catholic church located in the village of Licheń Stary near Konin in the Greater Poland Voivodeship in Poland. It was designed by Barbara Bielecka and built between 1994 and 2004. The construction was funded by pilgrims' donations. With a tower measuring 141.5 meters in height, it is one of the tallest and largest churches in the world.
The history of the foundation of the church dates back to 1813, when Tomasz Kłossowski a Polish soldier fighting under Napoleon near Leipzig was seriously wounded. He invoked Our Lady, begging her not to let him die in a foreign land. According to legend, she appeared to him wearing a golden crown, a dark red gown, with a golden mantle, and holding a white eagle in her right hand. She comforted the soldier and promised he would recover and return to Poland. Tomasz was instructed to have an image of her made, and to place the image in a public place so that My people will pray before this image and shall draw many graces at My hands in the hardest times of trial.
With the nave 120 meters long and 77 meters wide, with a central dome 98 meters high, and with a tower 141.5 metres tall, it is Poland's largest church and one of the largest churches in the world. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland whose icon, perhaps dating back to the 18th century, is displayed in the basilica's main altar. It is one of Poland's principal pilgrimage sites.
|A series of articles on|
|Expressions of devotion|
- The Guardian; June 20, 1998. Texnews.com
- "The Virgin of Lichen", The Mary Page, University of Dayton
- Thomas, William. "Our Lady of Lichen, Poland", Catholic Voice, June 21, 2009
- Moved by Mary: The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World by Anna-Karina Hermkens, Willy Jansen, Catrien Notermans 2009 ISBN 0-7546-6789-8 page 99
- Vaticanwebsite: John Paul II at Lichen
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