Church of St. Andrew (Kosciol Swietogo Andrzeja), Krakow

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The Church of St. Andrew in the Old Town district of Kraków, Poland (Kościół św. Andrzeja) located at Grodzka Street, is a historical Romanesque church built between 1079 and 1098 by a medieval Polish statesman Palatine Sieciech. It is a rare surviving example of the European fortress church used for defensive purposes.Built in Romanesque style, it is one of the oldest buildings in Kraków and one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland. It was the only church in Kraków to withstand the Mongol attack of 1241. Along the lower part of the broader section of its façade are small openings that served as defensive windows at a time when the church was a place of refuge from military assaults.From 1320 it was used by the Religious Order of Poor Clares. The building has been renovated many times. The present Baroque interiors have decorations by Baltazar Fontana, paintings by Karol Dankwart and gilded altars. The Baroque domes atop the octagonal towers were added in 1639.HistoryThe church is possibly the best preserved example of early Romanesque architecture in the city of Kraków and in Poland. The massive building was constructed from stone blocks towards the end of the 11th century, and also fulfilled important defensive functions. The two octagonal looking towers, with the doubled arcade windows are perfect examples and characteristic of Romanesque architecture. They extend high over the body of the church. The apse decorated with a modest arcade freeze and numerous details (including stairs and window frames) maintain the same character.
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  • Walking down the Street Route from the Wawel Hill in the direction of the market, you can see the 2 churches-St. Peter and Paul and Saint Andrew the apostle. And though the first seems nicer-my attention was the Romanesque building. The Church seems big, the inside is very cozy in the Baroque layout. Make sure to visit there.
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  • Romanesque towers and thick walls with loopholes this fortified church served as a shelter in case of danger. Wonderful baroque interior which contrasts with the austere exterior.
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  • From the outside it seems pretty considerable by the steeple, and massive walls, but the thickness of the walls is subtracted a lot of from the inside is simply tiny by calling some surprise for people visiting it for the first time. The Church of a classic example of Romanesque buildings sakralno defense. The Interior is no longer the Gothic Baroque reigns here. Watch and a little bit of a break.
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  • Dem hl. Andreas geweiht.
  • Beautiful baroque
  • Beautiful church of the period, including outside! The Interior can be visited at certain times. Emblematic monument of the city.
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  • Nice kosciołek:)
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  • 1000 years old church is the diamond at the Royal Route in Cracow.