Framed poster - The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń - Poland - Europe - Catholicism
Framed poster, printed on thick, durable, matte paper.
The matte black frame that's made from wood from renewable forests.
• Alder, semi-hardwood frame
• Black .75” thick frame
• Acrylite front protector
• Hanging hardware included
The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń is
a Roman Catholic church located at
the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows,
Queen of Poland, 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
buildings 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
Between 2002 and 2007, Polish organbuilder Zych - on the base of
project made by Prof. Andrzej Chorosiński - built 157-stop pipe organ.
It is the largest organ in Poland, 4th in Europe.
Pope John Paul II blessed the Basilica in 1999.
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