Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Krakow

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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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  • I recommend you go to in the evening under the Church is waiting there music in the form of street performances, particularly atmospheric performances of Mr. Andrzej Grabowski, cellist.
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  • Church in the Baroque style. Has the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul and several Apostles at the entrance. The day we were there, it was closed to visitation. Is well located between the Castle and the market square.
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  • Krakow is famous for its churches, especially those very old, ancient, historical. In the Centre you can apparently add up to 90. To the most recognizable such temples as St Mary's Basilica and the Church of St. Wojciech on the main market square, the Wawel Cathedral, the Church on the cliff is featured here beautiful and monumental Church of St. Peter and Paul, which is located on Krakow Royal route, at ul. Grodzka. Strolling along the Route, you can't miss it, as that its front is decorated with standing on pedestals and carved from sandstone big figures of the Apostles. The Church is surrounded by old buildings of the Jagiellonian University. Next to it stands the massive Collegium Broscianum, where are m.in. the institutes of philosophy, sociology and religious studies. For cons, Mary Magdalene, the old Collegium Iuridicum. Returning to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul: its construction began at the end of 16. century and was completed in the year 1619. It's overwhelming, Baroque building-probably the first Baroque building in Poland, and certainly the first in Cracow-and at the same time the largest church in Kraków, in terms of number of seats. Therefore, but also because of the unique atmosphere and acoustics, it is the Church, which is often used as an auditorium. If once you were lucky to hear the Passion of Bach or Handel's Messiah is such a spiritual experience and musical experience will be with you for the rest of your life.
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  • Impressive. The acoustics were brilliant! Only the seats are uncomfortable but definitely recommend...
  • It's a church. To my mind the best part were the intricate shrubs along the right outside wall.
  • Beautiful church, we were here for the concert which was also very nice.
  • Interesting and beautiful, the best is to get a guide who could tell you the history!
  • Great organ concert in this church for only 10 euros! Church is beautiful and not very busy.

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