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St. James Church, Torun

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  • This is a really lovely looking church, the outside is a bit unusual with the tower split into two. It is one of the best examples of brick architecture in this part of the world. It used to be a... 
    This is a really lovely looking church, the outside is a bit unusual with the tower split into two. It is one of the best examples of brick architecture in this part of the world. It used to be a...  more »
  • Construction of this church started in 1309, on the Teutonic Order’s initiative and it is presumed to be the most beautiful of all Toruń’s churches. It has a unique basilica construction, system of... 
    Construction of this church started in 1309, on the Teutonic Order’s initiative and it is presumed to be the most beautiful of all Toruń’s churches. It has a unique basilica construction, system of...  more »
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  • In a city full of impressive buildings this is up here. It's a shame it was closed off when I visited.
  • St. Jacob’s Church is located near the New Market Square and it is rightly considered the pearl of medieval Torun. It was built in the first half of the 14th century. The unique architectural solution (this is the only basilica in Torun) and the wonderful external and internal decorations of the church, including multicolored glazed bricks, make it one of the most beautiful churches in the city. You can enter the church through the remarkable Gothic gate with a column crowned with a figure of St. Jacob. The interior is decorated with outstanding mediaeval polychromies dated even to XIV century, the main altar (1731) is a unique composition of baroque ornaments and gothic statues of saints and a portraits of St Jacob and the Holy Trinity. Every July, the church hosts a cheerful feast in memory of St. Jacob and it is a bicycle rally! The event begins in Spanish Santiago de Compostela, where the tomb of St. Jacob is located, and ends at the other end of Europe - in Torun. The best thing is that you don’t have to travel across the whole continent - a certificate of participation in a bike ride is issued to everyone who has made at least one lap around the St. Jacob’s church. Everyone is encouraged to take part in free art classes under the guidance of teachers from the Center for the Arts and capture the beauty of the church on canvas. The event is accompanied with concerts and other performances all day long and there is a fireworks show in the end.

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