Church of St Catherine in Krakow


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Church of St Catherine is located not far from the Church on the Rock on Augustianska Street. It is easy to find this beautiful, tall and airy Gothic church raised by King Kazimierz the Great for the Augustinian order. Construction works started in 1342.

Since then, many catastrophic events happened to it, like floods, fires and deconsecrations by foreign rulers including communist regime. Probably most interesting feature of today's church is the Wheel of Death from the 18th century, which hangs over the entrance from Skaleczna Street. It is the symbol of St Catherine who was tortured on such a wheel and contains figures of three Fates, Adam and Eve, skulls wearing the headgear of kings, princes, bishops and burghers. There are also beautiful frescoes from the 15th century on the corridors leading from the entrance on Augustianska Street.

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