Ian Pike 4 p.m., March 9
Neo-baroque Side-altar with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sculpture in the Aisle (the Our Lady Help of Christians Church and Salesian Monastery in Poznan; formerly the Dominican Sisters / Catherine Sisters convent ‘founded 1282’). The present Salesian (since 1926) church has a unique in Greater Poland triple vaults and a nice gothic gable (peak of roof) seen from the Wroniecka Street direction. The only Gothic presbytery in Poznan has the 1440 ribbed vaulting (sail vaulting in the nave and star vaulting in the aisle). In the past it was quite an extensive monastery around the church consisting of the two towers of a defensive city wall. The former church and convent of Dominican nuns was destroyed several times: in 1536, during a fire, in 1655 and 1704, as a consequence of wars. In 1798, the Prussian government confiscated monastic goods and intended to dissolve the order. In 1822, the church was converted into a military warehouse; the last three nuns moved to Owinsk. In 1899, both a part of the monastery and chapel were demolished and a new street carried through this place.
Posted November 26, 2012