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Basilica of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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basilica-heart-of-jesus-warsawThe Basilica of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Praga North district of Warsaw is an impressive neoclassical church dating back to 1923. Due to its relatively far distance from the tourist center, it is rarely visited.

Short description

T he Basilica under the patronage of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was built from 1907 to 1923. The lengthy construction period was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I.

The church survived World War II almost unscathed. The Nazi destruction that followed the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 did not occur on the right bank of the Vistula River because that part of the city was already occupied (or, in Russian terminology, “liberated”) by the Soviet Army.

The 24 columns in the nave were originally made for the reconstruction of the church of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, which was destroyed by fire. The donor purchased them for the prayer house in Warsaw.

Pope Pius XI is said to have remarked that it is “the most beautiful church in Poland.” He was the Papal Nuncio in Poland during the construction period and was always very interested in the project. Eventually, as Pope, he conferred the title of a minor basilica upon the church.

Since 1931, the church has been administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

Patronage
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Constructed
1907 - 1923
Architects
Lukasz Wolski / later Hugon Kudera
Condition after World War II
Only minor damage
In the touristic area?
No | The church is located in the Praga North district but already outside the part of the city worth visiting for tourists.
Contact (church administration)
+48 22 818 65 51 (landline)
kancelaria@bazylika.salezjanie.pl
Address
Kaweczynska 53, 03-775 Warszawa
How to get?
The church is just under 1 km away from the Vodka Museum in the Koneser Center, where the easternmost section of the tourist area is located. So, for those who want to take a tour slightly outside the usual terrain, this is an option.
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Church tour

In English: Although this church is not included, perhaps you might be interested in our special church tour with a city guide! For all details and booking options, please click on the following link.

Church tour

EUR 100
Overview and booking
2,5 h | 100€

Interior visit

In Warsaw, there is no admission fee for entering places of worship. However, museums or crypts located in the basement may have an entrance fee. Unfortunately, the crypts in this church are not open to the public.

Website of the church

The church is located in the Praga-North district in the historic Praga area, for which we have created a separate overview.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, the church is not wheelchair accessible. To enter the place of worship, one has to climb several stairs, as there is no ramp available.

Main image © Adrian Grycuk

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