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The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist associated with important events of Polish history. Here took place the disputation between the king and the knights crusaders, was crowned Stanislaw Leszczynski and Stanislaw August Poniatowski, was sworn in deputies of the Sejm. Inside the Cathedral are the magnificent tombs in which were buried the writer Henry Sienkiewicz, the first Polish President Gabriel Narutowicz and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The Cathedral, like a treasure trove filled with gifts of the kings and noble citizens. Another attraction – a huge wooden crucifix, which was brought to Warsaw in the beginning of the XVI century from Nuremberg. It became a national Polish Shrine in front of him prayed for the victory of the Polish kings when he left for war.

HISTORY
Already in the beginning of the Second world war the Cathedral was badly damaged in the bombing. During the Warsaw uprising of 1944 in its walls was a real battle. After the reconstruction in one of the walls left immured caterpillar – part self-propelled mines “Goliath”.
For several centuries the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was the capital of sacred music. Choral conductors of choirs of the Cathedral were made by famous Italian composers. Now you can hear performances by the male choir and boys choir. Concerts are held every day after 12.00.

Every summer, the Cathedral hosts the international festival of organ music “the Cathedral organs”. This is one of the most interesting musical events in Warsaw and possibly the most famous event of its kind in Europe. To listen to organ music throughout the summer – concerts are held every Sunday.

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