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. Make St. Mary's Basilica a part of your Krakow vacation plans using our Krakow trip planner.
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  • Unfortunately, this was closed for a wedding when we were visiting, but we took photos of the outside and listened to and heard the story of the bugler in the tower. Would make sure to plan a bit... 
    Unfortunately, this was closed for a wedding when we were visiting, but we took photos of the outside and listened to and heard the story of the bugler in the tower. Would make sure to plan a bit...  more »
  • Of course you must visit St Mary's Church when you are in Krakow. Completely overloaded with paintings, figurines, carvings, gold and more. Too much for my taste but impressive. Cheap entrance. 
    Of course you must visit St Mary's Church when you are in Krakow. Completely overloaded with paintings, figurines, carvings, gold and more. Too much for my taste but impressive. Cheap entrance.  more »
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  • Lots of people, but its expected. 4 volunteering firemen also plays an instrument up on the tower every whole hour, to honor a saint, who saved the city/country by watching out for enemies and then do a melody so the other people there would know. Lots of small stands around the place too, and a great atmosphere. Lots of people playing different instruments around the place, and its just a lovely place to visit. It also lays in a great place, so you can walk to a lot of different places (shopping centers, a castle, and lots of different stores, and restaurants.
  • This church is simply stunning, must see from the inside. The amount of detail is amazing! I've seen hundreds of churches and cathedrals around Europe, but this is one of my favorites.

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