Lichen Stary

Poland’s largest church

The second most visited Poland’s religious sanctuary after that of Czestochowa is Lichen with its two churches.

The older neo-Gothic St Dorothy’s Church contains the picture of Our Lady of Lichen from the 18th century. The Way of the Cross in the form of a fairytale stone fortress as well as chapels and statues are scattered over the grounds.

The second church is the gigantic basilica, the largest church in Poland, seventh largest in Europe and eleventh largest in the world. Its five-nave interior is supposed to remind us of the early Christian basilicas. It can comfortably house 17,000 faithful (7,000 sitting and 10,000 standing) and its tower is 128m high.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows, Lichen Stary, ul. Klasztorna 4; tel. +(48-63) 270 81 00, fax 270 77 10; www.lichen.pl

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