17-century Baroque church of St. Peter and St.
Paul's at Grodzka street
of magnificent churches together with the
plentitude of its monasteries and convents earned
the city a reputation of “the Northern Rome”
in the past. They have remained the centers of
spiritual life till now, attended throughout the
week and crowded on Sundays. As the number of
Krakow churches increases by the year nowadays,
visitors take interest mostly in the old temples.
Some of them seem noteworthy as architectural
achievements, some are just picturesque. The old
Krakow churches often shelter unique objects
prized for their artistic or historical value.
online videos of Krakow churches
and holy shrines
Wawel Cathedral on
the Wawel Hill
Poland's impressive national shrine
dates from the 14th century and shelters plenty
of superb church art. The Sigismund Chapel is a
masterpiece of the Renaissance art and
architecture. Giant Zygmunt
bell of 1520 ranks with the world's
largest. Most Polish
kings are buried here together with the
greatest national heroes.
Basilica of the
Virgin Mary's at
the Grand Square
Immense Gothic church, the city of
Krakow's principal temple since the 13th century,
boasts the world's greatest
Gothic sculpture among its many excellent
works of art. Huge stained-glass widows of the
chancel date from the 14th century.
Basilica of St.
Franciszkanska street (Old Town, opposite the
Stately Romanesque, built 1237-1269. !
Masterpiece stain-glass windows by Krakow genius
artist and playwright Stanislaw Wyspianski from
the turn of the 20th century, notably “The
Creation” above the church entrance. Stunning
floral decor by the same artist. Adjoining
Franciscan monastery. ! 15th-century admirable
cloister with the 15th and 16th-century fine
of the Holy Trinity’s
12 Stolarska street (Old Town, at
13th-century imposing Gothic. Fine 15th-century
portal. Upstairs ornate Baroque chapel-mausoleum
of St. Jacek (St. Hyacinthus) in his former cell.
17th-century chapel with the miraculous painting
of the Rosary Mother of God. Many chapels of
Krakow aristocracy. ! 14th-century grand cloister
of the adjoining Dominican monastery.
of St. Adalbert’s
Grand Square (Old Town)
Now modest Baroque, yet the church dates back to
the 10th c., which shows. Archeological reserve
and an exhibition about the history of Krakow’s
Grand Square in the basement /outdoor entrance/.
of St. Andrew’s
56 Grodzka street (Old Town, by the Royal
11th-century splendid Romanesque architecture,
Baroque interior of the 17th c. Adjoins Poor
Clares’ convent. Adjacent the spectacular
Baroque church of St. St. Peter and Paul’s.
of St. Anna’s
11 Sw. Anny street (Old Town)
Admirable Baroque. University church built
1689-1705. Exquisite stucco decor. St. John
Kanty’s mausoleum in the right transept.
of St. Barbara’s
Mariacki Pl. (Old Town, by the basilica of
the Virgin Mary’s)
14th-century Gothic structure with Baroque
interior. Open outer chapel by the entrance with
valuable stone statues from the end of the 15th
c.: Christ with three Apostles on the Mount of
of St. Bernard’s
2 Bernardynski Pl. (by the Wawel Hill)
17th-century Baroque. Rich interior with
plentiful paintings. Noteworthy Gothic sculpture
in the chapel of St. Anna’s. Adjoining
of St. Casimir’s
4 Reformacka street (Old Town)
The 17th-century picturesque Baroque complex with
the adjacent Franciscan monastery. Many
18th-century paintings. Church catacombs with
more than 1000 mummified bodies from 1667 to
of St. Catherine’s
Skaleczna street (Kazimierz Town, next to the
High Gothic of 1363. Fine Gothic porch with
traceries, grand portal. Splendid 3-story Baroque
altarpiece of 1634 in the chancel. 16th-century
Renaissance mausoleum of a Krakow aristocrat in
the south aisle. ! 14th-century monumental
cloister of the adjoining monastery with many
outstanding medieval and Renaissance frescoes.
of Corpus Christi
26 Bozego Ciala street (Kazimierz Town)
Mid-14th-century grand Gothic. Rich interior. The
1634 high altar. Superb stalls of 1629.
Mid-18th-century pulpit in the form of a boat.
Lucas Cranach’s Madonna of c. 1520 in an upper
chapel. Adjacent monastery of 1405.
of St. Florian’s
1 Warszawska street (downtown)
Now Baroque. Originally built in 1184 as a
mausoleum for the relics of St. Florian, the
3rd-century Roman soldier and martyr. The church
was a starting point for royal funeral
processions to the Wawel Cathedral. John Paul II,
then Father Wojtylla, curate 1949-1951.
of the Holiest Savior’s
Scenic Romanesque, rebuilt 1670-1673, dates from
the 12th c. Early 17th-century exterior
chalice-shaped stone pulpit. Outstanding
16th-century late Renaissance interior pulpit
with ornate sculptures. Archeological reserve in
of the Holy Cross
Sw. Ducha Pl. (Old Town)
Stylish Gothic of c. 1300. Fine palm ceiling
supported by a single column. Bronze baptismal
font of 1423. 16th-century Renaissance fresco
decor. Ornate Baroque altarpieces.
of the Lord’s Transfiguration
2 Pijarska street (Old Town, end of Sw. Jana
Fine Baroque, built 1714-1727. Illusory ceiling
fresco. 18th-century paintings.
of St. Mark’s
at the corner of Slawkowska and Marka streets
Picturesque Gothic of the early 14th c. with a
late Renaissance interior. Miraculous Gothic
crucifix in the altarpiece. Pulpit in the shape
of a heart. The Passion exterior statues are
modern copies of the c. 1500 originals
transferred to museum.
of the Mother of God the Queen of Poland
Monumental modern, built 1967-1977 in the shape
of a boat. 8-m-tall contemporary sculpture
crucifix. In the tabernacle a lunar stone brought
from the moon by American astronauts.
of St. Nicholas’
9 Kopernika street (downtown)
Now modest Baroque, Gothic parts.
Outstanding 15th-century Gothic Krakow-school
painted altarpiece in the south aisle.
14th-century tall medieval cemetery lantern of
stone in the front yard.
of St. Norbert’s
11 Wislna street (Old Town)
Modest Baroque. Fine rococo altarpiece of
mid 18th c. in the apse. Big Gothic crucifix of c.
of St. Peter and St. Paul’s
Grodzka street (Old Town, by the Royal Road)
17th-century grandest Baroque after Rome’s del
Gesu. Ornate white stone facade with sculptures,
mighty dome. Crypt with the sarcophagus of Father
Skarga, famous 17th-century Jesuit preacher.
Larger-than-life stone statues of 12 Apostles
above the front fence are replicas of the
18th-century late Baroque originals moved to the
of St. Theresa’s
44 Kopernika street (downtown)
Good 18th-century Baroque. 14th-century Gothic
statue of the Madonna. 16th-century paintings.
Marble column of 1668 at the front yard. Adjacent
of the Virgin Mary’s Annunciation
19 Karmelicka street (close to the Old Town)
Now 17th-century stately Baroque, dates back to
the 11th c. Italian-Baroque interior of c. 1675.
Miraculous Our Lady of Piasek, the 15th-century
fresco allegedly with features of Poland’s
Queen-Saint Jadwiga, in the east chapel. Adjacent
Poland’s second holiest shrine at the
site of St. Stanislav’s 1079 martyrdom.
Splendid Baroque church and fine monastery
modeled on a Renaissance castle.
Hilltop monastery-fortress dates
from the 11th c.
Magnificent 17th-century Baroque
hermitage complex atop the Silver Mountain hovers
Vast fortified complex on the Vistula
river is home to Krakow’s once powerful
Premonstratensian Sisters since the 12th century.
Abbey of Mogila
in 1225, the Mogila Abbey is one of Krakow's most interesting
Sanctuary of the
Humble nun’s visions in the 1930s
gave rise to a world-wide spiritual movement
inside the Catholic Church, ever stronger
nowadays, with the center in her Krakow convent.
Jasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa
is the holiest place of Poland and one of the
world’s most important destinations for
With its 42 Baroque churches and chapels
of all shapes and sizes in addition to the
central basilica and the Franciscan monastery,
the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska sanctuary is Europe's
biggest Calvary shrine.
the footsteps of Pope John Paul II