Holy Trinity Church
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The official name is "The Parish of Raczki under the invocation of the Holy Trinity, the Most Blessed Mary and St. Michael" (Parafia Raczki pod wezwaniem św. Trójcy, Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Marii Panny i św. Michała). The parish dates back to 1599, when it was organized by Maryna Grzegorzewska Massalska, the daughter of Stanisław Raczki.
The church is located on the east side of the main road (662) through town; the section of the road that runs in front of the church is named Ulica Kościelna.
This is the view of the church from the road.
The current church, built between 1766 and 1823 in a neo-Classical style, was designed by royal architect Chrystian Piotr Aigner and Italian architect Henryk Marconi.
The altar was designed in the 19th c. Krakowian style. In addition, notice the balcony on the left side, where the Pac family would sit.
At the end of the smaller altar on the right wing of the church are two allegorical bas-reliefs, surrounding the 7th Station of the Cross. On the right relief is the profile of Ludwik Pac, along with the Pac family crest. (My Polish wasn't strong enough to understand the explanation of the allegory provided by the gentleman who gave a tour of the church.)
Notice the 1842 date carved in the base of this statue.
Consider that our ancestors from the late 19th century on almost certainly dipped their hands in this font on every entry and exit.
Facing the church building is this chapel.
The parish cemetery is located on the east side of the main road, about 300 meters (or roughly 325 yards) north of the church near the town's northern boundary.
The main entrance to the cemetery.
I found very few graves marked with dates before World War II. Most of the older graves that still exist are simple crucifixes made of welded iron and a plaque; however, while several crucifixes still stand, few identifying plaques remain. These older graves are similar to those of Polish immigrants that I've seen in U.S. cemeteries.
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