St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow

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Featuring two prominent towers, the red brick St. Mary's Basilica dominates the main square of the city's Old Town. Built in the early 13th century, the church features the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world, carved by German sculptor Veit Stoss. The masterpiece was claimed by the Nazis and moved to Germany during World War II. Recovered and restored after the war, it now sits behind the church's high altar. Admire the bottom of the central panel, which depicts the death of Jesus' mother. On the hour, you can hear the trumpet signal play from the top of the taller tower. Make St. Mary's Basilica a part of your Krakow vacation plans using our Krakow trip planner.
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  • Beautiful church - but there are so many beautiful churches in Europe it's hard to see them all. This wouldn't have been high on my list, but as long as we were close we saw it. Glad we did. 
    Beautiful church - but there are so many beautiful churches in Europe it's hard to see them all. This wouldn't have been high on my list, but as long as we were close we saw it. Glad we did.  more »
  • Absolutely stunning. Small fee to enter and it was amazing to see. Most of the churches are for prayer only in Krakow so it was lovely to see inside. Be sure to go after 11:45 so you can see the... 
    Absolutely stunning. Small fee to enter and it was amazing to see. Most of the churches are for prayer only in Krakow so it was lovely to see inside. Be sure to go after 11:45 so you can see the...  more »
  • Gorgeous church, even more beautiful on the inside than on the outside. Holds masses regularly on Sundays, I noticed, and has separate entrances in between masses for tourists and people who come to.....  more
    Gorgeous church, even more beautiful on the inside than on the outside. Holds masses regularly on Sundays, I noticed, and has separate entrances in between masses for tourists and people who come to.....  more »
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  • Beautiful Church that's worth visiting. However, during my weekend trip I tried to go to confession but I got yelled out of the confessional by the priest for not speaking Polish.. such a shame. If you DO NOT speak Polish I do not recommend you go to confession at this Church. Just stop by admire the art and architecture and say a little prayer to Jesus in the tabernacle.
  • Nice intricate architecture in display. Normally tourist aren't allowed to enter in groups during prayer hours. They have put a barricade beyond which tourists aren't allowed unless they are there for prayers. Would be more good if we can climb bell tower and get arieal view of main square.
  • The most wonderful medieval church I have ever visited. The trumpet signal, which takes place every hour along with its unique and majestic architecture makes it a worth visiting place especially during the winter months. I think you travel back in history.
  • A beautiful safe place for everyone, I loved it so much I am going back in a few weeks. Hopefully it is a little more warmer but so many areas to have coffee or food outdoors in huts with heating.
  • A very beautiful and special church. I loved the interior which is a good mixture of the Western and the middle Eastern. One star less is because it is not allowed to take pictures unless you pay.

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