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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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  • Prominent feature at the centre of the old town, the church is magnificent both inside and out. The highlight is the 15th century Veit Stoss altar, probably the largest in Europe. Also, if you're outs...  more »
  • What a beautiful church to visit. The altar is amazing to see. Spend an hour or more just sitting and looking to take in everything that is on show.  more »
  • This church is the most amazing one ive been so much history in the tower there is a bugler who sounds out every hour from the tower the story behind that is a very interesting one . The cost of any o...  more »
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  • A very nice place to go it you're on vacation. but, please, PLEASE do not take photos where you're not allowed to. it ruins the fun for everyone, and you are disrespecting the religion... Other than that, it is a gorgeous place to go.
  • Wow just wow. This is probably the most beautiful and colorful church that I have ever been in. Amazing and definitely worth a visit.
  • Impressive church, great attraction, shame that main alter viewing requires ticket...
  • Very, very beautiful! There's also s trumpet guy announcing the service beginning. He waves at public and you may wave back at him
  • A big piece of Polish heritage. A beautifully maintained basilica. Must go and see.

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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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