Niepokalanow - Franciscan Church and Monastery


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Zegrzynski Lake
Niepokalanow is situated 40 km west of Warsaw on the road to Poznan. It consists of the Franciscan Church and Monastery founded by Father Maximilian Kolbe in 1927. Father Kolbe was arrested by the Nazis during Second World War and taken to Auschwitz, where he gave his life for another prisoner who had family. Because of this incredible sacrifice he was canonized in 1982.

The church in Niepokalanow was built in 1948 – 1954 in a combined style of traditional church architecture and modern design. In 1998 the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Jozef Glemp opened here the Museum of St Maximilian Kolbe. Museum houses documents and photographs illustrating the life and work of the saint and the collection from his mission.

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