The Church of St. Anthony of Padua (Polish: Kościół św. Antoniego Padewskiego) is a stunning Roman Catholic church located in Śródmieście, the central borough of Warsaw, Poland.
Five interesting facts about St. Anthony of Padua Church:
- This is the first Warsaw Baroque church, build between 1668 and 1680 for the Order of the Franciscans according to the design of the Italian architect Simone Giuseppe Belotti (?–1708).
- It was often visited by King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, John III Sobieski (1629–1696).
- In 1766, the church hid the famous Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798), who was wanted by a Polish nobleman, Franciszek Ksawery Branicki (1730–1819).
- In 1944, the building was badly damaged by the German army and its restoration, designed by the Polish architect Karol Szymański, took place in the 1950s.
- In 1949, the church was returned to the Order of the Franciscans.
Anthony of Padua (1195/Portugal–1231/Italy), a Christian saint in the Catholic Church, is the patron of the cities of Lisbon (Portugal), Padua (Italy), and Paderborn (Germany), the Polish town of Przeworsk, also bakers, social workers, miners, shepherds, travelers, and lost things.
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Address: ul. Senatorska 31, 00-099 Warsaw, Poland
Official website: Kościół i Klasztor Franciszkanów-Reformatów w Warszawie