The land of miracles
Business services threw me in the Polish city of Konin, about two hours by train West of Warsaw. The night was coming to km 10 from the city, in the village of Personal.
Arriving at this village, I was amazed opened to me views of the Grand structure in the form of a Basilica, with its glittering Golden dome.
Curiosity haunted me and I decided to use the remainder of daylight to get a closer look at this “miracle of Light”, who grew up among forests.
The largest in Poland (7th in Europe, 11th in the world) the Church of the virgin was built from 1994 to 2004 under the project of Polish architect Barbara Bielecka and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II (Pope) in February 2005 (!). The height of the dome of the Basilica of 98 m, the towers are 128 m, length 120 m, width of 77 m. the Central part of the Church and its four corner wing can accommodate 17 thousand parishioners (7 thousand seats and 10 thousand standing places).
And at the green square in front of the entrance can accommodate up to 250 thousand. In the background is a Gothic building of the old Church, which houses the icon depicting the Holy virgin Mary.
The history of this icon begins in 1813.
Among Polish soldier, who fought on the side of Napoleon, was Thomas Klosowski, soldiers from Overstated. Being wounded, he began to pray to the Holy virgin, that helped him not to die in a foreign land.According to legend, appeared to him the virgin Mary, clothed in purupuru gilded robe, wearing a crown and with a white eagle in her hands, helped the soldier to get better and told me to find her picture and put it up at home in a public place.
For many years looking for soldier portrait of the virgin and only in 1836-m found it in one of the churches. Put him first at home and later posted on the old pine on the edge of the forest.
In 1850, the icon was found by the shepherd Mikolaj Cicada. He declared it miraculous. And two years later, in 1852, the icon of the virgin was carried into the Church in Licene. This date is the beginning of the formation Lisinskoga sanctuary, one of the most famous and visited in Poland.