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Święta Lipka Sanctuary, in English known as the Holy Linden, is a Roman Catholic basilica located in the small village of Święta Lipka, in northeastern Poland. It serves as a pilgrimage site and a holy shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Built during the late 17th century, the basilica is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Poland. It is also famous for its moving pipe organ, possibly the finest church instrument ever constructed.
The semi-legendary cult was cultivated by locals since the 1300s, when a petty criminal carved a figurine of Mary in the nearby Kętrzyn prison following a Marian apparition. He was then unexpectedly released and en route to Reszel he placed the figurine on a linden tree as a sign of gratitude. The object was said to work wonders and had healing properties. Albert, Duke of Prussia, visited the sacred place while pilgrimaging barefoot from Königsberg in 1519. This tradition was also previously observed by the Teutonic Knights.

You can see the holy tree in the facade, with the figure of Mary and Christ.
See also Workshop pictures.
WS 1 - the general view of the Church.
WS 2 The close up of the linden tree.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13046 W: 139 N: 33749] (153890)
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