Licheń Stary

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For the village in western Poland, see Licheń, Lubusz Voivodeship.
Licheń Stary
Village
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń
Licheń Stary is located in Poland
Licheń Stary
Licheń Stary
Coordinates: 52°19′24″N 18°21′36″E / 52.32333°N 18.36000°E / 52.32333; 18.36000
Country Poland Poland
Voivodeship Greater Poland
County Konin County
Gmina Ślesin
Population 1,100

Licheń Stary [ˈlixɛɲ ˈstarɨ] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Ślesin, within Konin County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, in west-central Poland.[1] It lies approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) south-east of Ślesin, 14 km (9 mi) north-east of Konin, and 99 km (62 mi) east of the regional capital Poznań. The village has a population of 1,100.

The village's name means "old Licheń"; it is often referred to as simply Licheń. Legends trace the name to the ancient Slavic pagan deity Licho, whose sanctuary was allegedly located nearby.

Licheń Stary is the site of Poland's largest church, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń, completed in 2004, which houses icon of the Virgin Mary called Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland. The sanctuary was constructed to accommodate the large number of pilgrims who come to venerate the image of the Virgin Mary, which according to tradition has been miraculous.

Fountain in Licheń Park popular with frequent visitors

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Coordinates: 52°19′24″N 18°21′36″E / 52.32333°N 18.36000°E / 52.32333; 18.36000