Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Krakow

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Monument
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is best known for larger-than-life stone statues of 12 apostles perched on the front fence. The statues are contemporary replicas of the 18th-century Baroque originals, which can be seen in the side yard. King Sigismund III Vasa commissioned the church for the Jesuit order in the early 1600s. Notice the sculptures depicting Jesuit saints in the niches of its white, stone facade. The interior features the late Baroque high altar and the longest Foucault pendulum in Poland, hanging from the dome. The crypt shelters the remains of Father Skarga, a famous 17th-century Jesuit preacher. Try to catch a concert of classical music here. Use our Krakow sightseeing planner to add Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and other attractions to your Krakow vacation plans.
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  • Just returned from a Fantastic evening of music played by quality musicians at the church of St Peter & St Paul. I was shocked that there were only 15 people in the audience!!!! Yes 15! And probably....  more »
  • Church of Sts Peter and Paul is Kraków’s first church inspired by the sacred architecture of Roman baroque. Cathedral with a magnificent stone façade and masterly designed dome, provides a key...  more »
  • Didn't go inside the church of St Peter and St Paul but enjoyed the beautiful architecture from the outside. We regret not having the time to go inside.  more »
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  • Beautiful church on the road between Wawel Royal Castle and the main square in Krakow.We only spent around 30 to 45 minutes inside and found that was enough time , to take a good look around. Inside there is a collection box used to help maintain this old and beautiful church . Which was built in the early 1600s. As we went in we noticed that they do classical concerts inside the church in the evening.
  • This is a beautiful place. The exterior has this Pantheon of sculptures which are incredibly engaging to look at. The view in the evening is very inspiring and picturesque. During the day there's usually a lot of traffic around this area as it is a common place for Street performers. It's a very Visually striking place. The street performers one day were an opera singer and the next day there was an outdoor DJ duo set up. Because it is opposite of a small courtyard, the audio echoes really well. But the sight is definitely worth passing by. There's also very good eating places very close to it.
  • Beautiful architecture. Just looking at the number of tourists from all over the world taking pictures of the exterior of the church, tells you that you're in the presence of a pretty impressive and important building. Sadly I never had the chance to go inside to look about. Maybe next time I'm in Krakow, I'll get that concert ticket.
  • We passed by at 8 o clock in the evening right before a small concert begun. For 60 zly pp we listened to classical music for about an hour in this beautiful church. Vivaldi, Strauss, Bach and more passed by. Every evening there is a different concert.
  • Beautiful building steeped in history. Summer classical music concerts several nights a week. Go, say a prayer, admire the building, feel the reverence of the space, stay for a service. It's an oasis from the hurried surroundings.

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