Piekary Śląskie

Piekary Śląskie is a city in southern Poland, located in the Silesian Voivodeship, in the historic region of Upper Silesia. It is situated about 10 kilometers northwest of Katowice, the regional capital, and has a population of approximately 58,000 people.

The city is known for its religious and cultural significance, as it is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Piekary, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Poland. The shrine dates back to the 14th century and attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to pay homage to the Virgin Mary.

Liberation Mound in Piekary Śląskie

The Liberation Mound is a mound erected in the years 1932-1937 in Piekary Śląskie, which is to commemorate the march of the Polish hussars of King Jan III Sobieski to Vienna and the annexation of the eastern part of Upper Silesia to Poland. It is a symbol of the struggle for Polishness and is located in the western part of the city center, being at the same time its highest point

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Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Bartholomew

Piekary is a settlement from the 12th century, where there was a wooden church of St. Bartholomew. In the 17th century, miracles began to happen around the image of Our Lady, which resulted in the development of the Marian cult and the organization of pilgrimages. In 1849, a larger, brick church was built, which received the title of Minor Basilica, and in 1999 it underwent a thorough renovation.

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