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Lichen. Basilica 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 Lichen.
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 Lichen.
Lichen. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen.
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.
The dome of the temple (higher than the dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul) has three layers of sheathing.
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.
Lichen. 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 worth to remember that the most important in the whole complex is a tiny larch image of Our Lady of Lichen.
The dimensions: 10 inches to 16 inches.
1. Transit Warsaw - Lichen.
2. Lichen. Sightseeing of Lichen (2 hour). Grabinski 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 Lichen - Warsaw.
Total price for private guided tour with a licensed educator:
All tickets and fees included in the price.
The total duration of the tour: 8 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Lichen is 235 km / 146 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours.
Time of Lichen Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.
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