Lowicz town near Warsaw


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Lowicz was established in the 13th century. It used to be the seat of the archbishops of Gniezno, was also the capital of the Lowicz Duchy. Residence of the bishops was the castle which did not remain. But this small town has some remarkable old architecture. On Kosciuszki Square stands the monumental Renaissance and Baroque twin-tower Cathedral. Inside Cathedral there are eleven tombstones one of Primate Jakub Uchanski. The cathedral library has some precious old prints.

On the other side of Old Market Square in the buildings of a former monastery and seminary for missionaries is the Lowicz Regional Museum devoted to the folklore of the Lowicz area. The history of the town and region is shown on the 1st floor and the ethnographical department on the 2nd floor features a rich collection of Lowicz regional costumes, paper cutouts and roadside shrines. The triangular new market square is surrounded by Baroque and neoclassical town houses. This part of the town has the Gothic Parish Church of the Holy Spirit from 1404 with a Baroque interior. Lowicz has many more historic buildings but it is especially famous for something else. At Corpus Christi, when in honour of this celebration local people dress in colourful traditional costumes to take part in a splendid procession that winds its way through the centre of town. This event is a big tourist attraction which is commonly known across Poland.

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