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WOW! A renovated Baroque interior of St. Ann's Academic Church (fantastic frescos and rococo altars) is unbelievanle beautiful, among the most beautiful I have ever seen (open 10am - 6pm, closed on Monday). There are books about history and architecture of this church.
The church first built in Gothic style for the Observantists (called Bernardines in Poland) in 1454 was many times damaged by people (wars, looting) and nature (fires, winds) but always rebuilt. The church was completely ruined in 1657 during the Deluge, the Swedish and others invasion. It survived both WWII (with some bad damages though) and communist regime although it almost collapsed in 1949 during construction the Route East - West (Trasa W-Z ). During last years the church was part by part pretty renovated.
This academic church played a great role in times of the Solidarity movement (1980-1981) and later during martial law against the movement (1982 - 1989) giving a shelter for many Polish patriots thus made a great contribution to the victory of democracy. Nowadays it is the most popular church in Warsaw for young couples to get married due to common belief that it gives long and happy life.
The facade in mixed, both Baroque and Classical style, was built in 1778. There is a plaque on the wall outside which marks the spot where Pope John Paul II met youths in 1979, during his first visit to Poland after his election to the papacy. He told the nation under communist regime "do not be afraid" and... 14 months later the nation created the anticommunist Solidarity movement. There is the late Renaissance Bell Tower left to the main facade which offers to visitors the viewing tarrace on the top with the most beautiful panorama of the city. The tower and the facade have been linked by a columnade since 1821.
Address: Ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 68, Warszawa, Poland
Directions: In the southern edge of the old town, at the beginning of the Royal Watl, very close to Sigismund Column and Castle Square. Map here (look for sw. Anny south of Zamek Krolewski = Royal Palace).
Phone: +48 (22) 826 89 91
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