Carmelite Church on the Sands in Krakow

 

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The Carmelite Church on the Sands of the Visitation of the Most Holy Lady was started in 1399, funded by Jadwiga and Wladyslaw II Jagiello. Works on this Gothic church began in 1395. However according to the legend, much earlier in 1087 Prince Wladyslaw Herman decided to built church in the same place in the thanksgiving for Virgin Mary appearance who saved him from the terrible disease.


In the 17th century church was rebuilt, pattern for a facade was taken from the Church of Saints Peter and Paul on Grodzka Street. In 1683 King Jan III Sobieski prayed here before setting out for the siege of Vienna. This event was commemorated here on a plaque above Jadwiga's footprint. The most precious treasure of the church is a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary from the turn of the 16th century.



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