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Our Dear Lady of Święta Lipka is one of the most important examples of Baroque architecture in modern Poland.  It lies in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland.  It is a pilgrimage church.  Until 1945 the area was part of the German Province of East Prussia.
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A chapel at the site was first mentioned in a 1491 deed issued by Johann von Tiefen, then grand master of the Teutonic Knights. At this time Święta Lipka was already a pilgrimage site, with an inn.  It was destroyed about 1525 during the Protestant Reformation, in which the region became Lutheran. Although the village lay in the protestant region of Masuria, the Catholic faith was again approved in the Duchy of Prussia in 1605.  The chapel was rebuilt by the Jesuits, consecrated in 1619 and became a popular pilgrimage site among the Catholic populace of the nearby Warmia as well as the Lutheran Masurians. The nave of the present church was finished in 1693, the facade and the adjacent cloister added by 1730.
 

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