Wroclaw

Sightseeing

Church of St. Michael the Archangel (Kościół św. Michała Archanioła)

This was Edith Stein/Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s preferred house of worship during her visits to Breslau/Wrocław, from the moment of her 1922 baptism until her last visit to her home city in 1933 before heading to the Carmelite monastery. Stein/Saint Teresa has her own chapel to the left as you enter. In the centre of the chapel is a marble altar with the date of Stein’s death engraved in it, an urn containing earth and ashes from Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as other relics, including a fragment of her habit.

To the right is an oil painting of Stein by Jolanta Kornecka, and on the left, two images of Stein and John Paul II. The church’s main altar also includes a large sculpture of Stein. Exiting the front entrance of the church you can make a right down Blessed Edith Stein Street (ul. Bł. Edyty Stein) to follow the same path Stein would walk from her mother’s house at ul. Nowowiejska 38 to the church and back.

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Visits are possible between 08:30 and 17:30 by calling in advance.

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