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Swieta Lipka

Święta Lipka is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Reszel, within Kętrzyn County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It lies approximately 6km south-east of Reszel, 13km south-west of Kętrzyn, and 55km north-east of the regional capital Olsztyn. The village has a population of about 200.The village is known for the pilgrimage church, Our Dear Lady of Święta Lipka, one of the most important examples of Baroque architecture in modern Poland.Until 1945 the area was part of the German Province of East Prussia.Sanctuary of St. MaryAccording to legend, the name Heiligelinde Święta Lipka - Holy Tilia - referred to a tree with a wooden statue of Mary under which miracles took place, though it may stem from a sacred grove of the Old Prussians.A chapel at the site was first mentioned in a 1491 deed issued by Johann von Tiefen, then grand master of the Teutonic Knights. At this time Święta Lipka was already a pilgrimage site, with an inn. It was destroyed about 1525 during the Protestant Reformation, in which the region became Lutheran.
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