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Return of Our Lady to Bobolice

In 2016, the historic statue of the Mother of God returned to the park at the palace in Bobolice. Thus the action of the thief was disguised and hidden , but the disgust remained.

In 2002, the column was stolen and the sculpture was damaged. Fortunately, no one took her away. It was kept in the local church – a huge, two-tower, visible from a distance. In 2004, the sculpture was renovated, but it had to wait until 2016 for its return to its original place.

Yes, it was possible to leave the sculpture in the church where it would be safe, but history does not allow it. Because the palace park is a symbolic place. Originally, there was an orchard on this site that belonged to the owners of the local estates. In this orchard, a heel hung on a tree, that is, a sculptural image of Our Lady of Sorrows, holding the body of her deceased son on her lap. Through this Lady from the orchard, people experienced such great favors that in the second half of the In the 15th century, the orchard became a place of pilgrimage. As a result, a wooden chapel was erected, to which the figure was moved. In the 18th century, a huge baroque church was built, in which a figure of the Mother of God was miraculously placed.

A stone column in the park, about one hundred meters from the church, was erected in 1828 to remind us that the Marian cult began centuries ago in an orchard, so it is much older than the church. It survived the storms of war and the related disasters, in which many see the finger of Divine Providence. But how can you not believe it if it has returned to its place, though it seemed to be gone for good. It was stolen by one of the Swedish soldiers (Protestant) during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). It found its way to the nearby Ząbkowice Śląskie, and then to the Czech Kolin. She returned to the church in Bobolice in 1660, writes Bartosz Grygorcewicz in the text on the sanctuary in Bobolice in the study “Sanctuaries and pilgrimage sites in Lower Silesia in an archival document”, published in 2016 by the Lower Silesian Tourist Organization.

Text by Marek Perzyński

On photo: Church in Bobolice. Photo. Marek Perzyński

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