St. Hyacinth's Church, Warsaw

St. Hyacinth's Church, Warsaw

Saint Hyacinth’s Church stands as a prominent tourist destination in Warsaw, showcasing splendid Baroque architecture that came into being during the years 1603 to 1639, courtesy of the Dominican order. This architectural masterpiece boasts an immaculate white interior, designed by none other than the renowned architect Joannes Italus.

The Chapel of Saint Dominic, an integral part of this church, was skillfully crafted by Tylman Van Gameren, a prominent architect of the seventeenth century in Poland. This chapel is intricately connected to Warsaw's largest monastery and remarkably stands as one of the few sections of the church that managed to survive the ravages of war.

In the eighteenth century, Saint Hyacinth’s Church experienced a period of great prosperity. During this time, it housed Poland's most opulent collection of volumines within the monastery's library. Unfortunately, this precious collection met its demise in later years, leaving behind only memories of its grandeur.

While the interior of the church has undergone modernization, with none of its original furnishings retained, its exterior façade remains a splendid example of Baroque architecture. Noteworthy within its hallowed walls are several prominent tomb monuments, including the striking tomb of Anna Tarnowska, carved in 1616 from brown marble, portraying the founder in a peaceful slumber. The Kararzyna Ossoliska monument, dating back to 1607, and the black marble epitaph commemorating a prosperous Polish merchant from Krakow, Regina Sroczyska, are among other notable features.

Within the confines of the Chapel of Saint Dominic, visitors can lay their eyes upon a precious 18th-century wooden statue of Ecce Homo, a masterpiece painstakingly crafted by Antoni Asiski. The chapel further boasts a grand altar crafted from black marble, a porta, and exquisite stucco decorations that add to the church's overall splendor.

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Sight Name: St. Hyacinth's Church
Sight Location: Warsaw, Poland (See walking tours in Warsaw)
Sight Type: Religious
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