Roman catholic objects

Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (monastery)

Monuments and attractions - Roman catholic objects

The monastery is picturesquely situated on the San river, in a place where there was once a Jesuit farm. After the dissolution of the order the farm became the property of Counts Siemieński. The ground for the construction of the monastery was purchased by Marcelina Darowska. The construction of the religious house was completed at the end of September of 1875, while the chapel was commissioned in August 1876. In the Chapel there is a statue of the Immaculate Mother of God, made in Carrara marble by a famous artist, Oskar Sosnowski. It was crowned in thanks for saving from artillery and air attacks during World War II.

Over the years, the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary ran an educational institute for girls, a high school and elementary school.

During World War I the building was firstly taken by the Austrian army and then by Russian. In 1915 a field hospital operated there. Also during World War II the building was used for hospital purposes.

During the German occupation the monastery held secret compline. The nuns were punished for conducting them by taking the ownership of the building and issuing a writ to leave the religious house. Only 15 nuns were allowed to stay and the intention was that they worked in the laundry, kitchen and farm.

After the war, among other facilities, a psychiatric hospital was run in the monastery. In the year 1983 a retreat house was created which in 1994 was transferred to the Abbey of the Benedictine Sisters. Currently the monastery houses a primary school.

An 18th-century park has been preserved at the monastery. Within the park, catacombs were built in 1879 and it has been extended over the years. The bodies of about 130 sisters rest there.

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