Photographer's Note

The Leszno ( the niem. the Lissa) – the city on rights of administrative district in the Wielkopolska's province, laid in western part of Poland, among two large economic centres – the Poznan and Wroclaw.

St. Nicholas' Minor Basilica in Leszno
First mentions on the St Nicholas and Holy Mother's church come from the 14th century. During the Polish - Swedish war (1655 -1660). the building was burnt down. After over hundred years of using it by the Czech protectants. It was rebuilt by the bishop of Luck Boguslaw Leszczynski, his brother, Rafal, the owner of Leszno, and his son Stanislaw, the future king of Poland. The redecoration was supervised by architects: Jan Catenazzi and Pompeo Ferrari, who introduced beautiful Italian Baroque style.
Over the centuries the church underwent fires twice (1707,1790), but was always redecorated afterwards. From 1905 to 1908 new chancel, baptisterium and sacristy were reconstructed.
The parish church is a Baroque, triple nave building with sumptuous interior decoration. Worth noticing is an extraordinarily rich decoration of the church's interior, especially of the two gravestones of the Leszczynscy brothers, founders of the building: in the northern nave-bishop of Luck, Boguslaw (+1691), in the southern one - general starost of Wielkopolska and royal vice treasurer- Rafal Leszczynski The gravestones were founded by his son. Rafal, the king Stanislaw - the father of Maria Leszczynska. who in 1725 married Louis XV and became the Queen of France.

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