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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  • Saint Mary's Basilica is undoubtedly one of Krakow's most famous and most spectacular landmarks. It towers are visible from all over the city. A more well-known legend tells the story of a brave...  more »
  • Very beautiful church which is a must see attraction in Krakow. Located in the city center so there is no excuse for you not to go here. Every hour they have a guy playing a trumpet in one of the...  more »
  • Great big beautiful church. So much history involved. The fireman play the bugle to symbolise the sounding of the alarm to close the gates. He abruptly cuts off at the end as the original bugler...  more »
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  • Wonderful church and a must-see attraction in Krakow. I really like the fact of playing the trumpet every hour. Make sure to wave back at the trumpeter for good luck.
  • Incredibly beautiful. At the moment the famous carving is being renovated so is mostly covered. You also you can't go to the top of the tower at the moment.
  • Beautiful set in a corner of the square. It is free to go in to pray, but if you want to go in and walk about you need to buy a ticket for 10 zloty from the ticket shop near to the basilica. The cost is well worth it ,as inside is really beautiful. The ceiling is amazing, as are all the figures and workmanship
  • The historic religious heart of Krakow. Beautiful, ornate, crafted interior - altars, pews, carvings, screens, vaulted ceiling....etc.. To enter you need to get a visitors ticket from the building across the short road at the side.
  • Beautiful gothic basilica with some baroque additions. Painted on every inch of the walls and ceiling, it really is quite the sight to behold. It’s a shame that the altar is still under reconstruction, or it would have been much more splendid.

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