Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Former Jesuit Cluster and the St. Stanislaus Parish Church on Christmas Day (Collegiate Square near Old Market Square in Poznan). An empty square in the picture was left after the former Collegiate church / St. Mary Magdalene basilica ruins had been dismantled in 1802 (first parish established probably at the time of the city location, officially erected in 1263 by Bishop Boguchwal III). Prussians turned the sacred site into so-called New Market during the Partitions of Poland. Public baths, booths, and stalls existed there until 1936. The present Parish Church / City Church / Fara in the distance is the 17th century post-Jesuit church (the St. Stanislaus the Bishop Church granted in 1571, constructed in 1651, opened in 1701, and consecrated in 1705). After the Jesuit Order suppression in 1773, parish services of divine worship have been held in this place. Formal transfer of St. Mary Magdalene parish occurred in 1798. On 11 October 1961 the parish got the Mother of God of Perpetual Help new dedication (Sanctuary from that day on, Basilica Minor in 2010: religious life active center). Over the gate of the north cloister there is a tall tower with a cupola constructed in 1737. The former 18th-century Jesuit school on my left stands just across the Golebia/Pigeon Street (now public offices of the municipal authorities). The late Gothic Fara presbytery (inside a chapel with Gothic stellar vaulting) was rebuilt in the 18th century in the baroque style.
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