"Monastery at Czerwinsk on the Vistula" Mazowsze Things to Do Tip by evaanna
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Beautifully situated on the high bank of the Vistula, Czerwinsk got its municipal rights as early as 1373 only to lose them five centuries later. The most important building in or rather above the village is the 12th-century stone basilica with its two high stone towers, a beautiful Romanesque portal dating back to 1150, paintings in the Chapel of the Crucifixion from the same period and wonderful Gothic frescoes. Built in the 12th century, it was the seat of the Order of Lateran Canons brought to Poland from France, who later, due to numerous donations of the Mazovian princes, came into possession of one town and 48 villages, thus joining the ranks of the wealthiest feudal lords in Mazovia.
It was in Czerwinsk that in 1410 the troops of King Wladyslaw Jagiello crossed the Vistula on their way to invade the Castle of the Teutonic Order at Malbork and it was for them that the first bridge across the river was constructed. It is said that the King inspected his troops from the place by the church where there is a cross nowadays. He could see all his army very clearly as the church terrace commands a magnificent view over the river and the Kampinos Forest on the other bank.
Address: Czerwinsk nad Wisla, Klasztorna 23
Directions: You could combine your visit to the monastery with the trip to Chopin's birthplace in Zelazowa Wola, crossing the bridge across the Vistula at Wyszogrod.
Phone: (+48) 24 231 50 35
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