6. Kochanowski Street
8. Kino Moderne

[The Cathedral]

Anna Kahan returned with her family from Pińsk to Siedlce by train. She wrote about it in her diary.

“We put our baggage close to the exit and gaze curiously at the approaching town. At first the two spires of the new Kościół (‘catholic church’) appear (…). “This is a town,” I say proudly, “not like Pinsk.”

The aforementioned new church was built according to the design of an architect Zygmunt Zdański, on a site donated by Ludwik Górski, the chairman of the Land Credit Society. The building of the former seat of the society and the land bank currently houses the Diocesan Curia. Together with the cathedral, it forms a cohesive complex of buildings.

On October 10, 1905, the foundation stone for the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was consecrated. The construction started in the spring 1906, and the building shell was completed in the autumn of 1912.

Built in neo-Gothic style, the temple in Siedlce is modelled on the architecture of the great French cathedrals. It has a Latin cross floor plan and all the characteristic elements of the style such as two towers on the façade, a cross-ribbed vault, three naves, and a transverse nave called the transept.

On December 8, 1912, the new church was blessed by the parish priest and construction supervisor, Józef Scipio del Campo. Church services have been held there ever since.

We enter the park. Strolling along the paths, remember that it was a favourite place for walks for Anna Kahan’s and her friends.

6. Kochanowski Street
8. Kino Moderne
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