Monument to Adam Mickiewicz and Kościół Seminaryjny (Seminary Church), Warsaw

Monument to Adam Mickiewicz and Kościół Seminaryjny (Seminary Church), Warsaw

Seminary Church (Kościół Seminaryjny) is a religious edifice dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, constructed in the Baroque style between 1661 and 1681, with its design attributed to J. Belottiego. It is commonly referred to as the Carmelite Church and serves as a Roman Catholic place of worship. Notably, the Carmelite Church boasts a prominent Neoclassical-style facade, which was added between 1761 and 1783. The church took on its current appearance during the 17th century and is particularly renowned for its twin bell towers, resembling censers.

Construction of the church began in 1661, and it was completed between 1692 and 1701 by architect Józef Szymon Bellotti. The impressive facade, added in 1761 by Prince Karol Stanisław Radziwiłł and architect Efraim Szreger, features prominent columns. Renowned artist Szymon Czechowicz contributed paintings, while Franciszek Smuglewicz created altar paintings. Inside, the church boasts a magnificent rococo main altar, lavish gilding, and ornate stucco ceiling decorations. The church played a role in Frédéric Chopin's early career, as he gave a recital on its organ.

Near the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary stands the Adam Mickiewicz Monument, dedicated to one of Poland's most celebrated poets. This monument holds cultural significance and serves as a source of poetic inspiration.

The monument was erected on the site of demolished buildings in 1865 and was sculpted by Godebski in Italy starting in 1897. The 4.2-meter-tall bronze statue was cast in Pistoia, Italy, and the red granite column and foundations were produced by an Italian company near Milan.

The statue depicts Adam Mickiewicz in a dignified pose, with his head slightly raised and his right hand placed over his heart. The unveiling ceremony took place on December 24, 1898, in a subdued manner, as the authorities feared it might become a symbol of Polish aspirations for independence. Consequently, all marches and speeches were banned, and the monument was unveiled in silence before an audience of 12,000 people.

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