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The oldest church in Łódź

St. Joseph Church (originally called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is the oldest church in Łódź *. It was erected in the years 1765-1768 at the highest point of old Łódź, on the so-called Górki Plebańskie (Plebańskie Hills, today's Kościelny Square). Due to the growing number of parishioners, the church quickly became too small, it was rebuilt twice, until in 1888 it was decided to build a much larger brick church (today's Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Kościelny Square). Thanks to the efforts of then parish priest, the wooden church was saved - it was moved to the land of the former cemetery at Ogrodowa Street, closed in 1856. It is said that the church was moved by the workers of Izrael Poznański's factory in one ... day! In 1910, the church became the seat of the new parish dedicated to st. Joseph (patron of factory workers). In addition, the square was purchased from the Protestant commune and a park of St. Joseph was arranged there. In the center there is a statue of the patron.

* Currently, the church of St. Antoni in Łagiewniki can be considered as the oldest (1701-1723), but Łagiewniki was incorporated into Łódź only in 1945.