October 5, Toruń Cathedral Basilica

October 5
In the Diocese of Toruń
In the Cathedral Basilica – Solemnity

The erection of the first parish church commenced after 1236, i.e. after Toruń had been granted town rights. In the years 1310-1330 began the construction of the present Gothic church of Sts John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. It was being extended for the next 200 years, and finally was given its final shape at the end of the 15th century. Throughout centuries it was repeatedly destroyed by wars, fires, disasters and religious devastation, each time rebuilt with the preservation of the original architectural form. In 1473 Nicolaus Copernicus was baptised there by the Gothic font from the second half of the 13th century, and in 1550 the bell called Tuba Dei (one of the biggest bells in Poland) was placed on its tower. In 1935 the church was given the title of minor basilica by the brief of Pope Pius XI, and in 1992 by Pope John Paul II’s bull it was made cathedral.

Common of the Dedication of a Church.

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