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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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  • Beautiful altar of Veit Stoss. All divided into two parts of the main entrance is on the prayer and there is no sightseeing opportunities. Side of the entrance fee, you can approach the altar.
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  • I can't imagine to come to Krakow and not visit St Mary's Church! Even if You are not interested in the architecture or sacred art-next to the Church, it's hard to pass by. It's next to the Wawel Cathedral, the most important sacral Center. The Church can be visited free of charge-but not at mass. and this rule must be respected. Watch the famous altar of Veit Stoss requires fees-and it is worth it before to arrange in a timesheet. In the hot, rainless days you can also enter the Mariacki Church Tower-view of the panorama of Cracow is impressive! A bugle call from the Tower of St. Mary's Church is an additional attraction.
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  • Felt we had to visit this amazing looking church in the main square. Paid 10 zloty each to see the famous altar close up - you can enter for free at the back for those who want to just pray but you ca...  more »
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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!