The Holy Cross Church

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ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, Warsaw, Poland
The Holy Cross Church - Holy Cross Church, Warsaw
The Holy Cross Church - Holy Cross Church, Warsaw
The Holy Cross Church - Outside of the church
The Holy Cross Church - Statue of Christ carrying the cross, in front of the entrance
The Holy Cross Church - The hearth of Chopin
The Holy Cross Church - Miracles happen...
The Holy Cross Church - Miracles happen...

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Airpunk Airpunk
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Church of the Holy Cross Dec 10, 2010
Like the old town and most buildings of Nowy Swiat, the Church of the Holy Cross is a post WWII reconstruction. Originally built between 1679 and 1696, it was first a rather simple renaissance building. In the 18th century, it became one of the most splendid Baroque buildings of Warsaw. Especially the remodeling of the towers changed the façade of the church.

In 1944, the church was heavily damaged during the Warsaw Uprising. The façade and some of the interior were destroyed by the Germans on September 6th 1944. From 1945 until 1953, the church was rebuilt, although the façade never gained back its full baroque splendor. The interior was well restored in its original style and contains many famous graves, including a shrine with the heart Frederic Chopin.

The figure of Christ carrying the holy cross is the landmark of the church. This bronze figure was found after the war amidst the rubble with its finger pointing to heaven. You can imagine how the Polish Catholics saw a sign from god in this “gesture”. The sculpture was originally crafted by Pius Welonski in 1889 and became a symbol for Poland’s strength and endurance during the Russian Partition.
Holy Cross Church, Warsaw
Holy Cross Church, Warsaw
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Pearl510 Pearl510
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Nice church keeping the hearth of Chopin Jul 22, 2008
In my opinion, the Holy Cross is one of the nicer churches of Warsaw. Build in the late 17th century, to replace an old and small wooden chapel, this Roman Catholic building is probably most famous because the hearth of Chopin is kept here.

As almost every building in Warsaw this church was blown away almost completely during the WOII. Yet it was, although simplified, rebuild afterwards.

The Holy Cross is an important church in Warsaw. Several important burials had place here in the past, as many artists, painters and musicians had their funerals here.
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