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Gostyn: Basilica of Swieta Gora (The Church on the Holy Hill)

 

About the Sanctuary of Swieta Gora:

Swieta Gora or the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin, also known as the ” The Holy Mountain” ( and also known as “The Rosa Mystica of Poland”) where there is a Miraculous Image of Our Lady known for many reported miracles.  The local Bishop, in 1512, wrote that he found the following in this location:  the dead were brought back to life, the sick and the crippled regained their health and strength and many other miracles occurred which would be hard to count …”

He issued a decree that allowed for the building of the Church and for the spread of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Decree allowed for the building of the Church and for spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

View of the image above the altar
View of the image above the altar

The most notable part of the Sanctuary is the Image of the Virgin Mary with Child, a rose in her hand.

The Mother and Child are sitting in a place resembling a balcony with a view towards two different landscapes … the colors are of the rising sun. It draws thousands of pilgrims here every year.

 

Also, on a side altar is a a Gothic-renaissance sculpture of Mater Dolorous. During the period of the reformation, it was ordered that the figure to be chopped up and burned, but neither axe nor fire were capable of touching it. The statue was tossed in a well. It was found a dozen years later, thanks to a bright hue that emerged above the well. The statue was once again placed inside the church.

Pope John XXIII recognized Swieta Gora to be the second most important site for Marian devotion in Poland, preceded only by Czestochowa.  Pope Paul VI granted the Sanctuary the status of “Basilica Minor”.

 

Traveling to Swieta Gora:

Address:  Święta Góra – Głogówko   63-800 Gostyń

Tel. +48 65 572 00 14

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