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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. Using our international travel planner, Krakow attractions like St. Mary's Basilica can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Stunning. If you go in for prayers, entrance is free of charge and you are seated in a cordoned section in the back of the church. You will still be able to enjoy the beauty of the church, but not up ...  more »
  • The Interior is a beauty with breathtaking. Don't miss l rear of the hotel the altarpiece with 200 characters carved in the wood.
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  • Impressive this church. The interior leaves you speechless. It is located in the old town market square. He is accessed by a side, just in front banknotes are removed for access. Ticket must be removed to make photographs inside, what is essential. It is recommended to enter before 11:50 since at that time the altar opens. O'clock point and every hour, from a tower window leaves a trompestista who plays the trumpet. Spectacular
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  • Very disappointing when you have to pay to go and worship in a Catholic Church; there is an entry fee as well as a fee for additional extras such as taking photos; then you have the rude attendants attacking you for taking photos even though you have already paid for the privilege! Certainly not a place where you want to go and argue with someone when you should be reflecting! Overrated and underachieving!! Oh and it's a trumpeter/bugler (trębacz) that plays on the hour not a fireman as stated below by another reviewer...sorry to correct you! Hejnał Mariacki (Polish; derived from a Hungarian expression meaning "Saint Mary's dawn"; also called the Kraków Anthem), is a traditional, five-note Polish anthem closely bound to the history and traditions of the capital, Kraków. It is played every hour on the hour, four times in succession in each of the four cardinal directions, by a trumpeter on the highest tower of the city's Saint Mary's Church (Polish, Kościół mariacki). The noon performance is broadcast via radio to all of Poland and the world.
  • Superb - centre piece of Kraków . Hourly bugle is haunting. Recommend visit to top of church where bugle player keeps watch over city Views are stunning
  • Mt. Mary's Basillica's church...I'ts a very empressive catholigoc architecture! It's very huge about 80m tall! And it was build in the 14th century! Medieval and beautiful! Extremelly recommended!
  • Highlight of Krakow. Beautiful interior. You can get up to the top. It is worth it. Fireman plays trumpet every hour you can talk to him but consider you need to climb 271 steps up. It is worth it.
  • Medieval feel and one of the most stunning altars in the world. Apparently researchers can determine the diseases of the people that were the models for the altar - so precise was the sculptor Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz). A must see!