St. Norbert's Convent in Krakow's Zwierzyniec district
Since the 12th century the Premonstratensian Sisters of St.
Norbert's order have lived in a fortified convent on a rock
formed by oyster shells upon the Vistula (Wisla) and Rudawa
rivers, just half an hour’s walk from the
Wawel Royal Castle. Till the 16th century also the
Premonstratensian monks inhabited an adjacent monastery. The
vast complex of buildings, courtyards and fortifications
together with the church of St. Augustine's and St. John the
Baptist's got its present Baroque shape in the early 17th
century. Its classicist interiors date back to the 18th
Landmark Rich in History and Legend
nuns of St. Norbert’s - called Norbertanki in Polish and
historically also 'Panny Zwierzynieckie' - once ruled
over vast and rich estates just west of the town, which gave
them special place in the city's history. The nunnery and
its often turbulent past inspired many legends. One of them
says the monastery’s old bell that Tartar medieval invaders
sank in the Vistula river resurfaces every year on St.
John’s night, June 24, and its sorrowful toll is heard till
Visiting St. Norbers Convent in Krakow
The historic complex of convent and church buildings is
situated on the riverbank in Krakow's Zwierzyniec district,
at 88 Kosciuszki street, some two kilometers west of the
central Old Town. Visitors may
enter the church through the 13th-century fine Romanesque
portal in a porch under the tower. Also accessible is the
Just a minute's walk away, across the street and slightly
elevated are two other historic churches. An octagonal
wooden chapel of St. Margaret's dates back to 1690.
The Romanesque stone church of The Saviour (Kosciol
Najswietszego Salwatora) opposite it was built in the 12th
Every Easter Monday the
festivities of the Emaus ancient fair go on next to the
convent of St. Norbert. And later in June, on the octave of
the Corpus Christi Day, the traditional colorful and jolly
procession of the Lajkonik mock
horseman starts here.
Krakow's traditional Emaus
festival takes place next
to the St. Norbert's convent on Easter Monday.
Krakow numerous churches are architectural gems, art
hoards, and spiritual hubs
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
Basilica of the Virgin Mary's
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
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 over Krakow.
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in
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