Świebodzin. Statue of Christ, the King of Universe. The figure in shape refers to the famous sculpture in Rio de Janeiro. However, while the figure in Rio has a height of 30 meters, this in Świebodzin has 36 meters. The total weight of the pedestal in Świebodzin is 470 tonnes, of which only a gold-plated crown has 500 kg. The cost of construction was paid for with private donations, and amounted to approximately 2,000,000 $. The statue is a metal construction on which placed a layer of concrete. According to experts, due to a disastrous quality of construction, will not survive more than 20 years. Benefited not only from the services of local companies but also from the work of prisoners (one of them took advantage of the opportunity and he escaped).
Świebodzin. Statue of Christ, the King of Universe. The originator and organizer of the construction of the monument, the local priest Sylwester Zawadzki said in 2010: "Jesus had an idea, I just realized it. Now I am very happy. This is one of the most important events in my life." At the same time - that is in 2010 - the local building inspector said: "I remember the July 22, 2008, newspapers reported then about plans of the priest. He spread a vision of the figure 33 meters high. I clutched my head in disbelief! In the proposal to the governor he reported the construction of a small garden architecture. I initiated control. I obliged the priest to carry out expertise of foundation bearing capacity. And the cat’s out of the bag..." After the death of father Zawadzki in 2014, according to his last wish - cut of his heart and buried it under the monument. To this day, the prosecution check or there was not break the law, because according to the rules, body can be bury only in place special designated for this and is not allow to dismember the body.
Licheń. Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows. The temple was built in the place of the apparitions of Our Lady. The story begins from the nineteenth century and the Napoleonic Wars, when mortally wounded soldier praying and clutching a locket - on the battlefield he saw a beautiful woman in magenta dress with the sign of the white eagle on the chest. The woman, which was the Mother of God, healed him. Soldier, after returning home, found the image truly depicting the Virgin Mary, and put it in the chapel in the wood not far from Licheń. After his death the next revelation happened to a local shepherd and the miraculous image protected the people during the great plague of cholera. Those who believed and came to the forest to pray to the Virgin Mary miraculously avoid the disease or they got healthy. At the place of the apparitions, after 150 years, built basilica of Our Lady of Licheń.
Licheń. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń. Built within 10 years on a cruciform plan is currently the largest church in Poland and one of the largest in the world. On the square in front of the Basilica may accumulate quarter of a million of believers. To the church lead 33 steps referring to the years of the life of Jesus Christ on earth. The facility has 365 windows and 52 doors, which symbolizes the days and weeks of the calendar year. The dome of the temple (higher than the dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul) has three layers of sheathing. External - a gold-plated aluminum. Middle - a thermal insulation. Internal - a silver and gold decorations. On top of the tower placed the 13-meter cross, and inside the 15-ton bell called Mary the Mother of God. From the top of the tower, where is a terrace - extends in good weather view of the distance of 30 kilometers.
Licheń. Basilica of the Virgin Mary. Inside, there are about 3,000 seats and 7,000 standing places. Columns supporting the vault in the nave of the basilica symbolize the twelve apostles, and the columns supporting the dome refer to the four evangelists. On the upper level of the temple are Poland's largest organ consisting of 20,000 pipes (the largest pipe with sound C is more than 10 meters high). The size of the Basilica exceeds other sacred buildings in the world. It is wider than Notre Dame in Paris. Higher than the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Mary of the Nativity in Milan. Longer than the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is worth to remember that the most important in the whole complex is a tiny larch image of Our Lady of Licheń. The dimensions: 10 inches to 16 inches.
A visit to the monument of Christ, King of the Universe in Świebodzin.
Transportation from anywhere in Warsaw directly to all locations on the tour route in the same car.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-3 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Mutivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Spinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arriving to the Shrine of Our Lady of Licheń, for 2.5 hours you sightsee the entire complex with a licensed guide. The next stage of our journey is the Statue of Christ, the King of Universe in Świebodzin.
After completion of Lichen & Swiebodzin Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Licheń.
2. Lichen. Sightseeing of Licheń (2.5 hour). Grabiński Forest (place of the apparitions, Way of the Cross), old part of Sanctuary (church of St. Dorothy, tombs of visionaries, Chapel of the Holy Cross, importantly chapels and monuments), Basilica (main nave of the basilica, chapels of lower basilica).
3. Transit Licheń - Świebodzin.
4. Swiebodzin. Monument of Christ, the King of Universe (0.5 hour). Individual entrance to the hill with the monument.
5. Transit Świebodzin - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 12 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Lichen is 235 km / 146 miles.
Distance between Lichen and Swiebodzin is 225 km / 140 miles.
Distance between Swiebodzin and Warsaw is 415 km / 258 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours.
Time of Licheń-Swiebodzin Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.