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Underground cathedral - grave crypt.

Przemysl is a city in south-eastern Poland with, it became part of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship; it was previously the capital of Przemysl Voivodeship.

Przemysl owes its long and rich history to the advantages of its geographic location. The city lies in an area connecting mountains and lowlands known as the Przemy¶l Gate, with open lines of transportation, and fertile soil. It also lies on the navigable San River. Important trade routes that connected Central and Eastern Europe passed through Przemysl and ensured the city's importance.

The Cathedral of Przemysl officially the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist in Przemysl (Polish: Bazylika archikatedralna Wniebowziêcia Naj¶wiêtszej Maryi Panny i ¶w. Jana Chrzciciela w Przemyslu) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Przemysl, Poland. It is the main church of the Archdiocese of Przemy¶l, located at the Cathedral Square in the Old Town.
The first cathedral of the Diocese was a wooden church which existed from 1375 to 1412, standing in the square beside the present church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From 1412 - 1460 a Ruthenian Orthodox cathedral built of stone stood in the courtyard of Przemysl Castle which it was strongly associated with.
Construction of the present cathedral in the Gothic style began with the Chapter of Bishop Nicholas B³a¿ejowski in 1495. Only the walls and pillars remain from this building. The reconstruction was completed in the first decades of the sixteenth century. In 1578 the mayor of Przemysl, Secretary of the Crown - Jan Tomasz Drohojowski (d. 1605), founded the present chapel of the Blessed Sacrament. Founded on the site earlier rotunda St. Nicholas. Because of the continuous threat of incursions of the Tartars and Wallachians, it is a fortified church, surrounded by a wall and is equipped with a cannon.

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