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Obory

The Discalced Carmelites monastery complex and the Church of the Visitation of Our Lady, founded in 1605 by the then owners of the land, Łukasz and Anna Rudzowski, were erected on an elevated area formerly known as Grodzisko in the centre of Obory. Unfortunately, the wooden buildings burnt down in 1617. The now widowed Anna Rudzowska decided to bequeath part of her fortune to the Carmelites, on condition that they rebuild the church and the monastery. The church and monastery that stand there now were completed in the middle of the eighteenth century. The distinctive 45-metre-high clock tower dates from the same period.

The Gothic Pietà was carved from linden wood at the turn of the fifteenth century. It is an especially valuable object and is venerated by the faithful. The sculpture originally belonged to a monastery in Bydgoszcz, from where the Carmelites were invited to Obory by the Rudzowskis. The figurine of Our Lady of Sorrows was probably already there in 1605.

The Dziewanowski family had a special connection with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows in Obory. Juliusz Dziewanowski, the great-grandfather of Chopin’s school friend Dominik, had a side chapel of Divine Providence built against the south wall of the church in 1740 as a token of gratitude for the miraculous recovery of his child. Dziewanowski also supported the sanctuary financially for many years. The parents of Dominik’s father’s second wife, Honorata Dziewanowska, née Borzewska, similarly supported the Obory church financially and were buried in the crypt (their epitaph is still there, on the altar of St Joseph).

Although there are no primary sources to confirm that Chopin ever visited the Obory sanctuary, it is safe to assume that he had the opportunity to do so, courtesy of Dominik’s parents, as it is only 16 km from Szafarnia.

According to one uncorroborated account, Chopin played the organ in the Obory church. The young Chopin must have been a consummate organist, as a year later, in the autumn of 1825, he was appointed organist of the Visitandines' church on ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście, where he played for masses celebrated for the school children.

Chopin wrote letters home from Szafarnia in the form of a newspaper, which he titled “Kuryer Szafarski” [Szafarnia courier]. In one of these, he ‘reported’ a humorous story that he had heard concerning Obory: ‘A certain citizen of the environs wished to read The Monitor. So he sent a servant to the Carmelite Fathers in Obory to ask for periodicals. Since the servant had never heard of periodicals in his life, he twisted the expression and asked the Fathers for haemorrhoidals’.

On 9 October 1999, a plaque commemorating Chopin’s stay in Obory in the summer of 1824 was unveiled in the vestibule of the church to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. In 2010, a bronze bust of Chopin, financed by the Carmelites, was placed between the church and the courtyard of the monastery to mark the bicentenary of his birth.

The area around Obory is known as the ‘Dobrzyń Switzerland’, on account of its varied terrain.

Place Category
Antonin Manors / Palaces / Castles
Antoni Brzezina’s bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Apartment of Dominik Magnuszewski Flats
Apartment of Stefan Witwicki Flats
Apartment of the family of Alfons Brandt Flats
Augsburg Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity Churches / Places of worship
Belvedere Appearances
Bielany, Camaldolese monastery Churches / Places of worship
Blue Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
‘Botanika’ Other
Brochów Churches / Places of worship
Brühl Palace Appearances
Buchholtz’s instrument store Other
Casimir Palace Flats
Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park Other
Czapski (Krasiński) Palace Appearances, Manors / Palaces / Castles
Dal Trozzo bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Duszniki Zdrój Hotels / Inns
Dziewanowski home Flats
Engraving studio of Fr Izydor Józef Cybulski and Antoni Płachecki Education
Franciszek Klukowski bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Fryderyk Chopin Museum Other
Fryderyk Skarbek’s apartment Flats
Gdańsk Hotels / Inns
Gładkowskis' apartment Flats
Golub Other
Holy Cross Church Churches / Places of worship
Home of Jan Matuszyński Flats
‘Honoratka’ Coffeehouses
Jabłonowski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Jan Böhm’s townhouse Flats
Kalisz Other
Kikół Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kolbergs' apartment Flats
Kowalewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kozłowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Krakow Other
Ludwik Dmuszewski’s house Flats
Magnus's bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Marceli Celiński’s apartment Flats
Maurycy Mochnacki’s home Flats
Miss Kicka's Salon in Lubomirski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
National Theatre Appearances
Obory Churches / Places of worship
Obrowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ojców Other
‘Old’ Merchants' Hall Appearances
Patisserie Lourse Coffeehouses
Pieskowa Skała Other
Płock Other
‘Pod Kopciuszkiem’ and ‘Dziurka’ Coffeehouses
Poturzyn Manors / Palaces / Castles
Powązki Cemeteries
Poznań Other
Presbytery of St Jadwiga (Hedwig) parish church in Milanówek Other
Pruszak Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Residence of Józef Reinschmidt’s parents Flats
Rościszewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Sanniki Manors / Palaces / Castles
Saxon Palace Flats
Saxon Post Office Other
Skating rink Other
Sochaczew Other
Sokołowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Staszic Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Strzyżew Manors / Palaces / Castles
Szafarnia Manors / Palaces / Castles
Toruń Other
Turzno Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ugoszcz Manors / Palaces / Castles
‘U Brzezińskiej’ Coffeehouses
Viceroy's Palace Appearances
Vilnius (Wileński) Hotel Hotels / Inns
Visitandine Church of St Joseph Churches / Places of worship
Waplewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Warsaw Other
Warsaw Charitable Society Appearances
Warsaw Conservatory Appearances
‘Wiejska Kawa’ Coffeehouses
Wieliczka Other
Wojciech Żywny’s apartment Flats
Wola Tollhouse Other
Wrocław Appearances
Żelazowa Wola Flats
Żychlin Manors / Palaces / Castles