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Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gietrzwald.
Already around the year 1400, there was a church in Gietrzwald, and the first documented mention of a Gothic church is from the year 1500. At that time, the temple was consecrated by the Bishop of Warmia under the invocation of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
As early as in 1505, the painting of the Gietrzwald Mother of God was mentioned in the inventory list of the parish. It still is placed in the main altar.
A few years after the Revelation of Our Lady, the local priest has wrote:
"Not only my parish but also the entire neighborhood has become more pious after the revelation. This is evidenced by the common recitation of the Holy Rosary in all the houses, joining the monastery by many people, or regular attendance at the Church."
The direct influence is - in addition to the common recitation of the rosary in the church in Gietrzwald three times a day - also the development of the sobriety movement.
In Gietrzwald, parishioners recited the rosary in the church three times a day: morning, noon, and evening.
From the beginning of its existence, Gietrzwald is a center of Marian cult. Around 1 million pilgrims come to the sanctuary every year.
From the spring blessed by Our Lady in 1877, the pilgrims draw water that brings relief to the suffering and has healing power.
Gietrzwald. The Revelations of Our Lady.
The Revelations of Our Lady took place in the village of Gierzwald in 1877 when Our Lady appeared to two teenagers.
She sat on the throne among the angels with Jesus on her knees. The girls asked:
- Who are you?
- I am Immaculately Concepted Blessed Virgin Mary.
- What do you demand, Mother of God?
- I wish you to pray the rosary every day.
Our Lady appeared to girls 160 times for over two weeks. With every revelation, the number of the faithful increased to the culminating point of 50.000 participants in the miracle.
Yet during the revelations, the Church appointed a special commission of theologians to investigate the truth of the events.
In the opinion of theologians, the behavior of the girls who saw the Mother of God was "unpretentious, simple, natural, far from any cunning."
In the opinion of doctors, there was no simulation here. During the visits, the girls had their heart rate decreased and their body temperature dropped.
After the revelations, the fate of the girls was similar. Both joined the order and one of them, Sister Barbara Samulowska, after her death is during the beatification process.
In the place of the Revelation, a chapel with the image of the Mother of God was erected. The cross was made of wood of the maple over which Virgin Mary has appeared.
In 1977, the Holy See officially recognized the Revelation in Gietrzwald as one of the 12 Marian apparitions in the world. The Mass was celebrated by the future Pope - Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.
The Legend of Swieta Lipka (literally Holy Linden)
Apparently, in the 14th century, the Mother of God has appeared to the condemned to death in the cell.
The prisoner carved her figurine overnight and she was so beautiful that the judges decided to release the prisoner the next day. The miraculously saved person, according to the will of the Mother of God, placed her effigy in the branches of a tree. Wandering a long time in the search of the right place, he finally found a spreading linden.
After placing the figurine in its branches, he noticed that the cattle passing by were kneeling and the sick recovering.
As news of miracles spread quickly around the area, a priest from a nearby parish took a figurine to his church. But the figurine returned to the linden tree and despite several attempts to move, has always returned to its place.
Finally, it was decided to build a chapel around the tree, and the linden's crown hung over the roof. Swieta Lipka has become a pilgrimage destination for many Christians.
Until 1525, when incited protestants burned down the church, threw the miraculous statue into a nearby lake, and put a gallows on the place of the cut linden.
Despite this, for over 100 years people came under the gallow to pray and despite the devastation and desecration of the place - miracles and healing still were happening.
Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Swieta Lipka.
At 1618, the reconstruction of the church began.
To stabilize the slippery land between the lakes, 10.000 piles of alder tree were driven into the ground. On such a foundation, this magnificent church was built and is one of the most wonderful Baroque monuments in Poland.
The most remarkable items include the oldest hand-forged gate in Europe. It consists of 3.000 cast iron leaves, none of which is repeated. Like snowflakes. It was made by a local blacksmith and it took him 2 years to make it.
The most famous in Swieta Lipka, however, are movable pipe organs.
Built in 1721 by the master of Königsberg, they had 40 sounds on 3 keyboards (manuals). To play the music, the work of the so-called organ-blowers was necessary, who pumped 4 bellows with their legs. Interestingly, the function of an organ-blower in those days was a full-fledged profession. It was until the early 20th century when the foot mechanism was replaced with a pneumatic drive.
During playing the music, the pipe organs set in motion the figures of angels, the Virgin Mary, and numerous stars.
In the 18th century, the pipe organs in Swieta Lipka was so famous that a music school for organists was created here, operating for 200 years.
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1. Transit Warsaw - Gietrzwald.
2. Gietrzwald. Sightseeing of the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the place of the Revelations of Our Lady (1 hour).
3. Transit Gietrzwald - Swieta Lipka.
4. Swieta Lipka. Sightseeing of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the show of the operation of church organs.
3. Transit Swieta Lipka - Warsaw.
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How long is tour of Gietrzwald and St. Lipka ?
The total duration of the tour: 10 hours.
How far is Gietrzwald from Warsaw ? How far is Sweet Lipka from Warsaw ?
Distance between Warsaw and Gietrzwald and Swieta Lipka is 310 km / 190 miles.
How long is the drive from Warsaw to Gietrzwald ?
Approximate driving time one way: 4 hours.
Time of Gietrzwald and Swieta Lipka Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.