Tower of St. Mary's Church in Krakow
Crowns top Krakow towers with good
reason as the city boasts an official tittle of
the ,,Royal Capital City". The most
prominent of them adorns the higher, municipal
tower of the basilica of the
Virgin Mary's (Kosciol Mariacki).
church tower got its
fabulous Gothic spire with eight turrets in 1478
after the last two stories had been added in
1408. Yet its crown was mentioned first in 1628.
The present octagonal one of gold-plated sheet
copper was put 65.5 m above the ground in 1666.
It is 2.4 m in diameter and 1.3 m wide. The
length of each of its eight sections is 1.2 m.
The crown weighs 350 kg.
The Town Hall Tower across the Grand Square is also surmounted
with a crown and had a spire with turrets till
the 17th century.
of the Virgin Mary's
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's
principal temple since the 13th century, shelters
many world-class works of art.
The world's greatest Gothic sculpture
Hourly musical show in the sky dates
from the Middle Ages
Krakow numerous churches are
architectural gems, art hoards, and spiritual