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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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  • This must be one of the most beautiful churches we have seen on our travels. Had wanted to go up the tower but wasn't open. My partner even said she was impressed, her normal comment is "not another c...  more »
  • The carved wood panels behind the alter are breath taking. I sat for nearly 30 minutes just in awe. I have visited many churches in Europe and all are spectacular, but this one is really special. 
  • The outside is beautiful, inside beautiful. Considered the most spectacular Church in Poland. The image of Mary is everywhere: in the Windows of the 14th century on the altar three floors of Viet Stoss
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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!