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Kościelna 3
19-120 Knyszyn
Podlasie province
One of the most historic places in Knyszyn is John Apostle and Evangelist church which can undoubtedly be considered the biggest attraction of the city. There is much evidence in support of the fact that the Roman-Catholic parish existed since the beginning of XVI century. In 1520 a new church was established by Mikołaj Radziwiłł, a Lithuanian voivode. Some data suggests that there were two churches in Knyszyn. One of them was made of brick and situated close to the main square corner. Another one was made of wood and waslocated in the city centre. The currently oldest brick temple in Białystok Archdiocese - John Apostle and Evangelist church –was built by Jan Zamoyski. It is a brick church with two sacristies a tower and an original wooden coffer ceiling. It was consecrated by in March 1601 by Vilnius Archbishop Benedykt Wojna. In 1710 the church was destroyed in a fire and was rebuilt in 1722 carrying out an order of bishop Maciej Ancuta. Probably a sarcophagus containing king Zygmunt August’s heart is located in its vault. In the church interiors there is a commemorative plague with king’s words: “I am not the king of your conscience”. These words are testimony to the wisdom of the king who had to rule the country which was very diverse in terms of nationality and religion.