Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Wroclaw

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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist stands tall, showcasing its twin spires, its elaborate medieval portal, and the 16th-century altarpiece of the sleeping Virgin Mary. The current Gothic church was built on the site of three former buildings, with work beginning on the existing cathedral in 1244. Notice the numerous motifs and gargoyles on the exterior, which tell many legends. On the southern wall, look for the petrified head of the jeweler's apprentice, who was punished for setting fire to his master's house in an act of revenge. The interior features stained-glass windows depicting the patron saints, tombstones and epitaphs from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and the largest pipe organ in Poland. Climb the 91 m (299 ft) tower for views of the city. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Wroclaw Edition.
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  • Nice peaceful place to visit to get away from the crowds and chill and get thoughts together , lots of great stain glass windows some of which recently restored from looking at their bright colours  more »
  • So well cathedral. Good looking from outside and AMAZING LOOKING FROM INSIDE! So well panoramic view from the tower!  more »
  • In a special part of the City on the Cathedral island, very quaint and old area. Inside, the cathedral is beautiful. I was fortunate to visit at a time there was a ceremony for the naming of Bishop Jo...  more »
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  • Amazing place to come and view the fantastic architecture of the island. I think the best time is in the night as they still have oil lamps here they are lit every night and it gives the place such a nice ambience.
  • Walking through the bridge to the Church Island and you will see beautiful riverside view.
  • Beautiful cathedral in Wroclaw. Nice walk from Old Town to the Cathedral.
  • Beautiful cathedral sorrounded by tiny colourful buildings. Oldest part of Wrocław
  • A wonderful church... a real piece of art must seen in Wrocłow.

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The best way to visit Wroclaw in style but without breaking the bank is by planning your visit for the weekend, when many hotels within a stone's throw from the old town offer discounted prices for their finest rooms. Close to the city center you can also find many economical guesthouses, which provide access to common cooking and dining areas, and often offer bicycles for rent. The area north of the old town caters to university students; its good-value hostels are an ideal choice for budget-conscious travelers.
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