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Niepokalanów is a community of Franciscan friars dedicated to living a radical consecration to the Immaculate Virgin through prayer, asceticism and media evangelization.

When you came to Niepokalanów you can pray in the local basilica, to see old chapel (one of the first buildings here, constructed in 1927) and to visit the Museum of St. Maximilian (called There was a Man). You can see the printing house and press (eg. The Knight of the Immaculate magazine), hospital, pilgrim houses and even a fire department.

The monastery is also a place where the religious services and meeting are held.

Initially - in 1927 - the monastery settlement took a relatively small parcel offered by Prince Jan Drucki-Lubecki from Teresin estate...

A quick growth of the publishing house really required more and more space so that nowadays the area reaches almost 28 ha. There are dozen small and big buildings at the area, e.g.: a church, flats for monks, household and publishing house buildings, the Centre of the Mariological Studies buildings and houses for pilgrims.

The villages of Paprotnia and Teresin (the centre of a community of ca. 8000 inhabitants) are developing around the Franciscan monastery. There is a railway station and the Teresin post-office. The post-office holds that name although it is situated on the grounds of Paprotnia.

A few written papers prove a great cultural and social role played in the area by Niepokalanow monastery. The monastic centre plays the role that is similar to that of medieval monasteries which became the seed of the later villages and towns.

The Holy Father John Paul II's pilgrimage to Niepokalanów (18th June 1983) made the monastery famous to the whole world so that became, beside Jasna Góra, a famous sanctuary. The growing worship of the Founder - St. Maximilian added up to it.