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Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Łaskawej Wieliczka

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace, the Duchess of Wieliczka - Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Wieliczka

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace, the Duchess of Wieliczka  - Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Wieliczka
ul. Br. Alojzego Kosiby 31, 32-020 Wieliczka Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Facilities at cultural sites: Photographing allowed
Type of historical sites: Sanctuaries and cult destinations
The 17th-century Monastery of the Reformanti (a fraction of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor) is located on the edge of Wieliczka, house of the world-renowned salt mine, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery church features the painting of Our Lady of Grace painted on the stone plate. It most likely dates back to the middle of the 16th century in Italy and arrived in Wieliczka together with salt merchants. It was first placed in a roadside shrine, on the site of which the monastery church was later erected. It is believed that thanks to the intercession of Our Lady of Grace the town of Wieliczka was saved from destruction by the forceful influx of water from the salt mine in 1992. In 1995 the painting was ornamented with the papal crowns consecrated by Pope John Paul II. The church festivals fall on August 2 (the feast day of Our Lady of the Angels) and on October 4 (the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi).
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