Baroque Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Warsaw

by Arūnas
St. Anthony of Padua Church in Warsaw, Poland
The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is the first Warsaw Baroque church, build in the 17th century for the Order of the Franciscans according to the design of the Italian architect Simone Giuseppe Belotti.

The church was often visited by the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, John III Sobieski (1629–1696). In 1766, it hid the famous Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova who was wanted by a Polish nobleman, Franciszek Ksawery Branicki.

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.

Who was Anthony of Padua?

Anthony of Padua was a Portuguese religious priest of the Franciscan order who lived at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as a saint and Doctor of the Church.

At the age of 15, Anthony of Padua entered the monastery of St. Augustine and received his education there. He later became a mendicant Franciscan friar because he wanted to evangelize Muslims in Morocco. He died at the age of 36. After his death, his cult became one of the most widespread in Catholicism.

The feast day of Anthony of Padua is celebrated by the Catholic Church on 13 June. He is the second patron saint of Portugal and also the patron saint of numerous cities in Europe: Padua (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Paderborn (Germany), etc. He is considered the patron saint of the poor and the traveler, too.

From historical and architectural perspectives, this house of worship is worth visiting. The church does not seem all that impressive from the outside. But step inside and you will find a beautiful interior with nice chapels, an impressive altar, and more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Useful information
ul. Senatorska 31
00-099, Warsaw
Poland
Monday
06:30 – 18:30
Tuesday
06:30 – 18:30
Wednesday
06:30 – 18:30
Thursday
06:30 – 18:30
Friday
06:30 – 18:30
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
07:00 – 20:30

Free entry.

Warsaw map

The Church of Anthony of Padua is located in the Srodmiescie district of Warsaw, east-central Poland, which includes the oldest parts of the city as well as buildings that appeared after the Second World War on the site of the destroyed areas.

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