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The city of Toru˝, in northern Poland on the Vistula river, hosts this church famous for its Brick Gothic style. Its full name is Church of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The mediaeval town is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and is listed among UNESCO's World Heritage sites. The church edifice, formerly a Franciscan Cloister, is an aisled hall built in the 14th century. Its parish went protestant during the reformation, which was unusual for Poland. From 1682, Saint Mary's had to be guarded by a Lutheran militiaáduring the Feast of Corpus Christiáprocessions, to prevent assembled Catholics from occupying the church. In 1724, with Jesuits holding another procession, a fight with pupils of the Lutheran high school led to the devastation of a Jesuit college. After Jesuits then appealed to the Royal Supreme Court in Warsaw, Saint Mary's was made Catholic again and givenáback to Franciscan monks who, with exceptional generosity, celebrated mass there on a day remembered for Protestant martyrs. (J T Demitz)
J T Demitz
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