St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow

#5 of 61 in Historic Sites in Krakow
Must see · Architectural Building · Landmark
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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  • Breathtaking from outside and even more from inside.Got blown away by freshly renovated altar Beautiful church in the heart of Rynek  more »
  • St. Mary's is famous for its Gothic altarpiece which was incredible. The whole interior of the church was gorgeous. This definitely ranks among my top 10 favorite churches. My two favorite are St.....  more »
  • 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.

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