Church of St Martin in Warsaw Old Town


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Church of St Martin
It was founded for the Augustinian Order in 1354 and destroyed during World War 2 in 1944. Only a partially burned crucifix survived which is now located in the central nave. Interior was minutely restored to a design by Sister Alma Skrzydlewska and the crucifix incorporated into modern design.

St Martin Church was a meeting place for Polish nobleman in the 16th century and became the site of theological discussions and political disputes. This tradition was continued also in 1980s when church was a meeting place for the political opposition to the Communist government and it became a symbol of the Solidarity’s movement resistance to the regime. Every year on 28th August, first Polish national anthem called Bogurodzica is sung here in Old Polish language.

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