The Bernardine friars were followed by nuns associated in the women’s branch of the order. In the 16th century, the sisters, who also vied for a following, brought to their church a figure of Salvator Mundi, Christ the Savior of the World, from the Vatican. The figure attracted thousands of pilgrims.
Both the Convent and the Church were plagued by frequent floods. Between the 16th and the early 20th centuries, high water overflowed the area’s buildings close to 70 times. Poznań’s residents set up lines of temporary embankments to protect the city to the east, south and north. The river was regulated on multiple occasions in the 19th and 20th century.
According to historical records, the Salvator Mundi figure was brought into the Transfiguration Church of the Bernardine Sisters from the cellars of the Vatican Basilica by Rev. Andrzej Kościelecki in the late 16th century.