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Following Bialoleka

There are many historical places, monuments and churches in the district. We invite you on a journey through the centuries that will familiarize you with the history of the Białołęka district.

Our first stop on the map is St. Michael the Archangel's Church in Grodzisk – made of larch wood and one of the oldest churches in Warsaw, dating back to 1453. Queen Bona, the wife of Zygmunt Stary I, founded this church as an act of gratefulness for the recovery of her health while travelling across Mazovia. We recommend going to see the historic portrait of the Virgin Mary of Częstochowa, the wooden sculptures and confessional. The church is now listed as a historical monument.

The second stop is St. Jacob the Apostle’s Church in Mehoffera Street. It was built in the Vistula Gothic style at the beginning of the 16th Century. This church is the oldest, continuously operating in Warsaw. In the 18th Century, Franciszek Maksymilian Ossolinski was the owner of Tarchomin and religious administrator of the church. The interior of the church dates to this period of time, and there is a baroque bell tower next to the church that also dates to this period.

In the neighborhood of St. Jacob the Apostle’s church, there is Pius XI's court and the Warsaw-Praga Diocese's Seminary. In his will, the owner, Władysław Kisiel-Kiślański, granted the court to Father Pius XI’s foundation for Polish Army invalids. The court is a beautiful baroque building surrounded by a charming park where Stefan Wyszyński was a frequent guest.

It is also worthwhile to see the classical court at Odkryta Street, erected between 1886-1890 and owned by the Borkowscy family. There you will find a chapel with a statue of the Virgin Mary, built by the next owner’s of the area, the Majzner family.

Next stop is the cemetery at Mehoffera Street, which is listed as a historical monument. There you will find an insurgent’s headquarters, which was restored and consecrated in September 1997. The headquarters belonged to the 5th and 6th Campaign of the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Crypt "Brzozów" VII "Obroża" of the Warsaw Zone of Armia Krajowa – an underground Polish military organization active during World War II. Important patriotic celebrations commemorating historical anniversaries take place at the headquarters.

Later, we recommend visiting the neo-gothic church located in Płudy. This church was built with support of Maria and Wacław Wędrowscy between 1908 -1913. Here you have the opportunity to listen to one of the last harmoniums of Warsaw. Next to the church is a neo-classical Catholic House, which now functions as a presbytery.

Down Klasyków Street, at number 52/54, is the former building of the Science and Research Center. It was erected in 1924 and represents an eclectic style. The building currently houses a kindergarten and a children’s home.

Next stop is Primate's Chapel, situated in the forest. Kurpiowska Chapel is called the Primate’s Chapel because it was Stefan Wyszyński's favorite place, where he loved to both work and rest. In 1978, a session of the Polish Episcopate took place there.

The last stop is "Stasinek", a manor-and-park complex with a beautiful sundial. The name of this neo-classical manor house comes from Duke Stanisław Poniatowski, who was the first owner. Later, Potocki’s family owned it. The house is surround by a park with a chestnut-lined avenue.

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