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Bydgoszcz is a city located in northern Poland, on the Brda and Vistula rivers. Bydgoszcz is the 8th-largest city in Poland. It has been the seat of Bydgoszcz County and the co-capital, with Toruñ, of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999. Prior to this, between 1947 and 1998, it was the capital of the Bydgoszcz Voivodeship, and before that, of the Pomeranian Voivodeship between 1945 and 1947.

The cathedral church - a late gothic style parish church, the oldest one Bydgoszcz. Erected in 1466-1502 on the site of a wooden church burnt down by the teutonic knights. In the 16th and 17th century four chapels were added to the main building of church.One of them St St Sebastian and Florian chapel ( now the Holy Cross chapel) exists to this day. In 1650 the open vestibule was built. In 1660 the baroque angelus bell was installed.
The decorations are also in the baroque style - partly transferred from the former carmelite convent. At the turn of the 18th century the church deteriorated: it was in use as a magazine by french and russian armies. In 1831, after being completly renovated, it was reconsecrated. In the 1920's it was decorated to the Virgin Mary, and central feature is the 16th century painting of the Madonna With a Rose.

More about the Cathedral of St. Martin and Nicholas here

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