Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kraków

 

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Church of Saints Peter and Paul on Grodzka Street is separated from the street by a fence ornamented with stone figures of 12 apostles, contemporary copies of the 18th century sculptures. It is considered one of the most beautiful early Baroque churches in Poland.


It was built in 1597 on the recommendation of the Jesuit preacher Piotr Skarga, whose monument stands opposite the entrance on a pillar and body lies under the church. Construction was financed by King Zygmunt III Vasa. What is interesting, the architect of church's design remains unknown. Interior's design was focused on acoustics perfection so the Jesuit's Counter-Reformation sermons could be heard throughout the church. The tall dome has the highest straight drop from any ceiling in Krakow. Worth mentioning are stuccowork by Giovanni Battista Falconi, Baroque furnishings, high altar with organ screen by Kacper Bazanka and black and white marble tomb of Bishop Andrzej Tomicki.



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