03 - Cathedra of Saint John the Baptist

The church was built at the very beginning of Warsaw between the 13th and 14th centuries as an ordinary parish church. It was here that the townspeople and dukes of Mazovia came to pray. In the 14th century, during the reign of prince Janusz I, it was expanded in the Gothic style and obtained the status of a cathedral. The church was expanded in the 16th century during the reign of the Jagiellonian dynasty. It was then that the most beautiful sculptures, paintings and epitaphs were placed here. The church was not only a place of worship, it was also where important political events took place. The ceremonies before the start of the Seym were held. For centuries, it served not only coronation functions, but also rulers and bishops were buried here. King Stanisław August, Primate Stefan Wyszyński and Marcello Baciarelli were also buried here.

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