Jesuit Church, Warsaw, Poland

Work began in 1609 on the orders of King Sigismund III Vasa and the main part was completed by 1626. In the 1630s and 1640s a great benefactor of the Church was Urszula Mayerin who also happened to be the mistress of King Sigismund and so had political power and access to large amounts of cash. Work continued to turn the Church into one of the most elaborate in Warsaw.

A silver altar was installed in 1640. Urszula was buried in the Church but her grave (as well as the aforementioned silver altar) was destroyed by Swedish troops who occupied Warsaw in 1656.

In the 18th Century more and more work continued on the Church making it one of the richest Baroque structures in the City. The Jesuits were forced out in 1773 and did not get the Church back until after World War I. In the 1920s and 1930s the Church was renovated. Unfortunately only a few years later the Germans razed the Church to the ground following the Warsaw Uprising and left nothing but a heap of rubble.

The rebuilt church which was completed in 1973 is much more simplistic than the structure which had preceded it.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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