Church of St Benedict in Krakow

 

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The Church of St Benedict was built high on the edge of a rocky cliff of the Krzemionki in the District of Podgorze. The church has been rebuilt several times and its Baroque shape was finalised in 1598. It is particularly beautiful in spring when the fruit trees are in flower.


Legend tells of a beautiful but greedy princess cursed to live under the altar. She has been known to approach young men with sacks of gold in an effort to free herself from the centuries of captivity. If the young man spends all the money on himself within set period of time, the princess will be set free. However, if he spends a single grosz on anyone else, he is doomed to be decapitated by the angry princess. The church is open only once a year on the first Tuesday after Easter, when the spring festival of Rekawka is celebrated.



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