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Piekary Śląskie is a town with more than 900 years of tradition which has been shaped by a turbulent history of the cultural borderland of Upper Silesia.
As a spiritual capital of Upper Silesia, since the 17th century Piekary Śląskie has been the place of Marian cult and the destination of pilgrimages. The cult of the image of Our Lady of Piekary is connected with the salvation from the plague of the residents of Tarnowskie Góry and the Czech capital of Prague and the town of Hradec Kralove in 1680. The painting is still believed to cause miracles happen.
The neo-Gothic temple is the treasure of the Silesian church architecture. The walls of the basilica are covered with precious polychrome representing the biblical scenes. The souvenirs from the visit of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski are stored in the church, as well as gifts from Pope John Paul II (golden rosary and stole) as well as other precious items. In 1896 the construction of a unique Silesian Calvary was completed on the Cerkwica hill, nearby the basilica. The Calvary is composed of forty chapels and the church crowning the hill
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Piekary Śląskie , 40 chapels and church, Poland
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Church in Czechowice Dziedzice , Poland
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Church in Czechowice Dziedzice , Poland
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Loire Valley church for Sunday... St. Andrew's church in the village of Villaines-les-Rocher
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"This beautiful ancient church dates back to 1050AD, and there is evidence of an earlier structure dating back to at least 850AD. As well as being a quite charming little church, in an enchanting setting, its other interest lies in the multitude of pre-conquest stone-carved fragments set into its walls...." 
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