Eglise, Church of St. Mary

Church of St. Mary in Sejny - Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Of the important places in Sejny should certainly include the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is one of the finest cathedrals in Poland. It was built in the years 1610-1619. Finishing works continued for many years. In 1632 the bishop of Vilnius, Jerzy Tyszkiewicz made maintenance of the church. In 1760, reconstruction was performed by turning it on to the town and adding a Baroque facade. East wall was demolished, the church was extended by 2 pairs of windows and four pillars. Reconstruction of the interior is not missed. It was built a large choir, and on the western wall of the chancel altar was made. The reconstruction was made, inter alia, through the generosity of Rose Strutyńskiej - starościny sejewskiej the wiżajńska and her daughter, who in 1760 transferred a large sum of money priors Mostowiczowi Louis. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was founded in 1927 rococo paintings that adorn the current basilica. Starting from 1818, for 7 years, it was the diocese's Cathedral of Augustow. Earned a collegiate church in 1925 when it was created in the first chapter of Collegiate Sejny. Another important event was the coronation of the statue of Mother Bżej Sejny by Pope Paul VI in 1973. The consequence of this was to raise the dignity of a collegiate Sejny the basilica minor. Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary has the following dimensions: length 40 meters, width 18 meters, height of 15 meters. This is a three-nave structure with a beautiful baroque facade. Were added in 1760 three-storey towers have completed onion, golden domes. Inside the basilica is characterized by the typical baroque splendor. Beautiful decoration, gilding, marble floors and beautiful altar delight the eye. There is also a lot of 36 bodies a voice that made Jonas Garalevicius in 1907. They are divided into 3 sections: - Manual I: 18 votes - Manual II: 10 votes - Pedal: 8 votes Every year in the basilica at the beginning of August there is the International Organ Festival of Young Juniores Priores Organorium Seinensis.

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