The on-line transmission from the flight2017-10-17 16:13:35
AT THE MARKET SQUARE OF WARSAW’S NEW TOWN
The New Town, one of the most beautiful spots in Warsaw. It emerged as a twin settlement of the Old Town in the 14th – 15th century, but it never gained as much recognition. This has not changed until today. While the noisy Old Town is bustling with tourists, the New Town is a good place to enjoy peace and quiet. In the past, one of the frequent guests of the Vistula River cliff near St. Mary’s Church was Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Noble Prize winner in chemistry for discovering polonium and radium. She used to come here to look at the river and contemplate. It was her place, not very far from her family house on Freta Street.
In this temple of tranquility, near the market square, you will encounter an extraordinary white church with adjacent monastery of St. Benedict’s Sisters of the Holy Sacrament.
The patron saint of this convent is St. Scholastics, sister of St. Benedict. This is the first Polish monastery of St. Benedict’s Sisters of the Holy Sacrament, founded in 1688 as thanksgiving of Maria Casimira for King John III Sobieski’ victory in Vienna. The monastery space is enclosed, nobody apart from the nuns may enter.
The terraced monastery garden is located lower, descending down the Vistula cliff. Thanks to its permanent and unchanging shape, this piece of nature – and culture – has been preserved as it had been when the monastery was founded centuries ago. This place resists the pressure of contemporary life. It is a sanctuary for cultivating traditions of devout faith and philosophy in the beautiful surroundings of green and nature. This forbidden enclave of quiet contemplation is yet another jewel in the crown of the Vistula cliff, and one of the philosophical gardens that outline it.
The garden is a special place for contemplation, where we are surrounded by the fleeting beauty of the world: colourful flowers and fruit, sounds of insects and birds, whispering leaves and aromatic, tasty fruits, scents of flowers and herbs.
The sisters allowed us to take photos inside the monastery, wanting to share the sights that can never be seen by the outsiders. Now, they can all be admired by the participants of the project and citizens of Warsaw who visit the Balloon Gallery in the church. They will undoubtedly feel the uncanny atmosphere of the cloistered space of the convent.